Examination of Lighting Practices at Crosswalks

Over the period from 2009 to 2018, Pedestrian fatalities increased by 53%, from 4,109 to 6,283 (National Center for Statistics and Analysis, 2019; Schneider, 2020; Webb, 2019) with the proportion of traffic deaths involving pedestrians increasing by nearly 50%. (Webb, 2019). The Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) data show that most of these increases occurred at night on urban arterials (Tefft, Arnold, & Horrey (2021); Hu, & Cicchino, (2018). Improved street lighting may be one way to decrease pedestrian crashes at night. Although street lighting is available at or near crosswalk or intersection locations, it does not always illuminate pedestrians in the crosswalks. Pedestrian safety is a priority for Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and the traffic safety community across the state. Because of this, it is important to address the high proportion of pedestrian crashes that occur in conditions with inadequate lighting and how MDOT can better illuminate crosswalks to identify crosswalk users.


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    • Status: Active
    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Western Michigan University

      1903 W. Michigan Avenue
      Kalamazoo, MI  United States  49008-5241
    • Start Date: 20230424
    • Expected Completion Date: 20250131
    • Actual Completion Date: 0

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01892211
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Michigan Department of Transportation
    • Files: RIP, STATEDOT
    • Created Date: Sep 1 2023 12:21PM