Framework and Toolkit for Selecting Pedestrian Crossing Treatments

Methods that agencies currently employ to select pedestrian crossing treatments can vary from one state or jurisdiction to another. In 2006, TCRP Report 112/NCHRP Report 562: Improving Pedestrian Safety at Unsignalized Crossings documented the results of a study of treatments for unsignalized crosswalks and produced (a) recommended pedestrian traffic signal control warrants and (b) guidelines for practitioners to select from treatment categories based on the pedestrian delay. However, the practice has evolved in the last decade, and other factors are often taken into consideration when selecting pedestrian crossing treatments. Quantifiable, objective measures (e.g., pedestrian volume, pedestrian-vehicle crash data) are often used in the determination of treatment type; however, contextual, subjective measures (e.g., latent demand, equity, land use, and pedestrian demographics) are also used, with lack of consistency among the methods used by decision-making entities. Research is needed to (1) help guide agencies in selecting among the treatments levels identified in TCRP Report 112/NCHRP Report 562, including a better understanding of the characteristics of each treatment and how they might be beneficial for a given location as well as consideration of objective and subjective factors in the decision-making process; and (2) develop draft language for consideration in future updates to the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) and other national-level guidance. The objectives of this research are to (1) develop a framework and toolkit for selecting pedestrian crossing treatments based on objective and subjective characteristics, and (2) propose new pedestrian warrants and/or guidance.  


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $600000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 03-143

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001
  • Project Managers:

    Brooks, Mike

  • Performing Organizations:

    Kittelson & Associates, Inc.

    851 SW 6th Ave
    Ste 600
    Portland, OR  United States  97204
  • Principal Investigators:

    Schroeder, Bastian

  • Start Date: 20240513
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01772213
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 03-143
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: May 25 2021 12:47PM