Driver Education for New Multimodal Facilities

Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and localities in Virginia continue to alter the design of streets and the driver experience. New facilities, infrastructure, and signage are being installed to expand the state’s network of on-street bicycling options, accommodate and increase pedestrian visibility, and improve traffic through a range of traffic control devices, active traffic management scenarios, and even connected vehicle programs. Markings, signs, and regulations are being used that newly minted motorists would not have seen when preparing for an initial licensing exam. Even with updated traffic manuals, it is a challenge to educate existing licensed drivers about these new types of facilities, and the resulting confusion can lead to safety risks for all users. This project would accomplish two key objectives: (1) identify best practices for using existing and new approaches to driver education to improve knowledge and acceptance of new facilities being implemented by VDOT and Virginia localities, and (2) examine the impacts of education and habituation on road user knowledge, support, and use of new facilities. For this project researchers will coordinate with other VDOT projects considering new facilities or technologies, for example SORAC’s Downward Diagonal Yellow Arrow Lane Use Control Signal and TPRAC’s “Green Boxes” for Bicycles.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Virginia Transportation Research Council

    530 Edgemont Road
    Charlottesville, VA  United States  22903

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

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

    Mid-Atlantic Transportation Sustainability Center

    University of Virginia
    Charlottesville, VA  United States 
  • Project Managers:

    Burden, Lindsay

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Virginia, Charlottesville

    Charlottesville, VA  United States 
  • Principal Investigators:

    Mondschein, Andrew

  • Start Date: 20150801
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20160824

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01659460
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Mid-Atlantic Transportation Sustainability Center
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Feb 6 2018 12:51PM