Street Noise Relationship to Vulnerable Road User Safety

Street noise may be a valuable indicator for bicyclist safety, but no studies have evaluated the relationship to date. This study develops a method for evaluating street noise and documented crash rates for roadways in Austin, Texas, and Washington, D.C., in a manner that is replicable by researchers and practitioners. Researchers collect street-level noise in both cities over a range of locations, facility types, and times, and compare these against crash records, normalized by bicycle volumes, and other explanatory variables. Descriptive and inferential statistics of a pilot test suggest a role for street-level road noise impacts to vulnerable road user safety. If this full-scale examination in two cities show consistent results, street-level noise measurement—obtainable by non-experts—may offer time and cost savings relative to other street safety estimation methods for bicyclists. Street noise may be a valuable proxy for safety variables such as motorized vehicle speed, volumes, and proximity to bicyclists, which could result in improvements to facility design and crash modification factors to reduce bicycle crashes.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $60234
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    Safety through Disruption University Transportation Center

    Virginia Tech Transportation Institute
    Blacksburg, VA  United States  24060
  • Project Managers:

    Harwood, Leslie

  • Performing Organizations:

    Texas Transportation Institute

    Texas A&M University System
    3135 TAMU
    College Station, TX  United States  77843-3135

    Virginia Tech Transportation Institute

    3500 Transportation Research Plaza
    Blacksburg, Virginia  United States  24061
  • Principal Investigators:

    Griffin, Greg

  • Start Date: 20170601
  • Expected Completion Date: 20180731
  • Actual Completion Date: 20181201
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01637957
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Safety through Disruption University Transportation Center
  • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747115
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Jun 14 2017 3:04PM