Pedestrian Safety Best Practices and Training for Local Jurisdictions

1. Project Objective: Work with local jurisdictions and conduct a national survey to identify existing best practices of policies and ordinances promoting pedestrian safety. Create an online training module to educate local elected and appointed officials regarding pedestrian safety. This project will accomplish Goal 7.1 Task 3 and Goal 5.3 Task 1 in the Utah Pedestrian Safety Action Plan. 2. Scope of Work: (A) Project Management: The project team will work with Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) to develop a project scope of work and cost estimate and identify appropriate Technical Advisory Committee members. The project team will provide monthly progress and budget reports to the UDOT Project Manager and will provide quarterly updates to the Technical Advisory Committee members. (B) Literature Review: The project team will conduct an exhaustive survey/literature review of existing policies nationwide that promote pedestrian safety and decrease pedestrian fatalities. This review will include both published peer reviewed literature as well as existing policy documents and municipal ordinances. The team will also reach out to existing experts on pedestrian safety to seek feedback on appropriate implementation techniques. (C) Compile Inventory of Existing Resources: The project team will compile all existing resources regarding local pedestrian safety initiatives, appropriate and effective infrastructure improvements, and existing state and national safety programs. (D) Workshop with Local Officials: The project team will conduct a workshop with a sample of local elected or appointed officials to review the best practices identified through the literature review. Participants will then brainstorm how those ordinances or policies could best be implemented in Utah at a local level and will discuss alternatives that are most appropriate for Utah’s diversity of rural, suburban and urban environments. Participants will be introduced to existing resources and will brainstorm effective ways to integrate those resources into practice. This workshop will likely take place at either the Fall Conference of the Utah League of Cities and Town or the Utah Chapter of the American Planning Association. (E) Create Web-based Training Module: Using the feedback gathered through the workshop, the project team will create a web-based training module to instruct local elected and appointed officials on appropriate methods for improving pedestrian safety. The module will contain two parts. The first section will provide instruction on existing programs and resources that exist to assist municipalities and jurisdiction. The second section will describe best practices for policies and ordinances that promote pedestrian safety and will educate participants on the best ways to integrate or adopt these model policies within their own jurisdictions. (F) Compile Final Report for UDOT: A final report will be prepared summarizing the completion of the above process and tasks and will be submitted to UDOT no later than September 1st, 2017. This report will be in the UDOT Research Format. 3. Project Timeline: It is anticipated that work on this project will be performed between August 1, 2016 and August 31, 2017. The final report will be delivered to UDOT on or before September 1, 2017. A breakdown of the timeline is shown below. 4. Deliverables: 1. A technical memo will be provided to the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) approximately half-way through the project (estimated for February 2017) and will serve as a report of progress to date. Results from the literature review and resource survey will be provided, as well as a summary of the workshop. 2. Web-based training module available for upload/integration with the UDOT or Department of Public Safety (DPS) website. 3. Final report summarizing the project process and all tasks completed as defined in Section 2. 4. Presentations summarizing this project at the following venues: - Utah Department of Transportation Annual Engineering Conference, Fall 2016 or Fall 2017 - Safety Summit, Spring 2017 - Transportation and Health Conference, Summer 2017 - Submission for presentation at the Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting 5. Technical paper summarizing the process to be submitted to a peer reviewed journal for publication.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This project did not have a final paper deliverable. The final deliverable was an online training module that will be loaded onto UDOT's training module. People will be able to access the online training from there.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $51055
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Utah Department of Transportation

    4501 South 2700 West
    Project Development
    Salt Lake City, UT  United States  84114-8380
  • Managing Organizations:

    Utah Department of Transportation

    4501 South 2700 West
    Project Development
    Salt Lake City, UT  United States  84114-8380
  • Project Managers:

    Hales, Thomas

    Jensen, Travis

  • Performing Organizations:

    Active Planning

    Centerville, Utah  United States 
  • Principal Investigators:

    Burbidge, Shaunna

  • Start Date: 20160804
  • Expected Completion Date: 20171130
  • Actual Completion Date: 20180131

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01607618
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Utah Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: 178116
  • Files: RiP, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Aug 12 2016 3:19PM