A Comparative Analysis of Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety Around University Campuses

College campuses and their peripheries are mixed-use environments in which the academic center serves as the core and is surrounded by retail, entertainment, and high-density residential facilities. The result is a multi-modal environment with very high walking and biking in conjunction with high vehicle traffic, which increases the potential conflict between the different transportation modes and may create relatively high risk and discomfort for pedestrians and bicyclists. The proposed study will provide a comparative analysis of pedestrian and bicycle safety in and around three different campuses with the explicit goal of identifying possible relationships between urban form and traffic characteristics of the micro-environment and the incidence of crashes. To accomplish this, three different campuses were chosen: (i) University of California Berkeley; ii) University of California Los Angeles; and (iii) California State University Sacramento. Using approaches from public health, planning, engineering and urban design, the project will examine crash data and urban form data from all three campuses and study the spatial and temporal distribution of pedestrian and bicycle crashes in each campus in order to identify whether characteristics of the built environment contribute to the incidence of pedestrian and bicycle crashes, and suggest design changes to improve pedestrian and cycling safety in these areas.


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    • Status: Active
    • Contract Numbers:

      8067, 7916

    • Sponsor Organizations:

      California Department of Transportation

      1227 O Street
      Sacramento, CA  USA  95843
    • Performing Organizations:

      California State University, Sacramento

      6000 J Street
      Sacramento, CA  USA  95819

      University of California, Los Angeles

      Los Angeles, CA  USA 

      University of California, Berkeley

      Transportation Center
      2614 Dwight Way, 2nd Floor
      Berkely, CA  USA  94720-1782
    • Principal Investigators:

      Ragland, David

    • Start Date: 20120801
    • Source Data: RiP Project 33513

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01471020
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: University of California Transportation Center
    • Contract Numbers: 8067, 7916
    • Files: UTC, RiP
    • Created Date: Jan 31 2013 1:01AM