Optimizing Type and Location of Pedestrian Crossing Signs at Non-signalized Intersections (Phase II)

Numbers of pedestrians crossing streets at non-signalized locations, particularly in suburban areas have been increasing but since the Covid-19 pandemic, numbers of people walking for exercise and fun has increased exponentially. Safety of pedestrians sharing street crossings with automobiles has become increasingly problematic as numbers of pedestrian crossings have increased. A variety of signs and sign configurations are allowed by the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD). Guidance provided by the MUTCD regarding types of signs and particularly mounting locations for pedestrian crossing signs at non-signalized intersections is sparse. A recent study of signage for unsignalized pedestrian crossings by the research team showed potentially significant impact of signage location on likelihood of automobile compliance. The objective of this project is to identify optimal locations for signage at unsignalized pedestrian crossing locations, as well as, optimal signage configurations. The proposed work will address at least two CAMMSE research thrusts: Generate innovations in multi-modal planning and modeling for high-growth regions; and Innovations to improve multi-modal connections, system integration and security.