Characteristics of High Risk Intersections for Pedestrians and Cyclists

While the transportation network is meant to accommodate a variety of transportation modes, the experience varies for the users of each mode. For example; an automobile, cyclist, transit rider, and pedestrian will all have a very different experience traveling along the same corridor. Often, the physical characteristics of the system that make travel easier or more enjoyable for one mode may produce challenges or increase risk for users of another mode. These heightened risks are most common at intersections and are especially relevant for users of active transportation modes, such as pedestrians and cyclists. This research provides analysis to determine what characteristics make intersections more dangerous for cyclists and pedestrians. By first identifying hot spots for active mode crashes and injuries in Salt Lake County, this research will conduct a thorough analysis of the physical characteristics high risk intersections exhibit and how they differ from intersections that have fewer active mode incidents.