Pedestrian Level of Traffic Stress

Many of the existing methods to evaluate the suitability of pedestrian or bicyclist travel along roadway segments or crossing roadways require a large number of inputs, some of which are not available in typical roadway inventory data (e.g., on-street parking coverage, heavy vehicle proportion), making them impractical for most agencies to apply. Some of these methods also require statistical modeling expertise or specialized software to run. Occasionally, their outputs do not make intuitive sense. For these and other reasons, Bicycle Level of Traffic Stress (BLTS), a table-based framework from the Mineta Transportation Institute, has become a popular tool to assess roadway suitability for bicycling in the last decade. However, a similar Pedestrian Level of Service (PLTS) tool has not been established. The few table-based PLTS methods available today have been applied by separate agencies and use different inputs. This project will create a well-researched, standardized version of a table-based, Pedestrian Level of Traffic Stress (PLTS) tool. It will incorporate many of the most important and easy-to-collect roadway factors associated with pedestrian suitability from a) existing pedestrian suitability methods and b) the pedestrian safety literature.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $37988
  • Contract Numbers:


  • 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:

    Center for Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety

    University of New Mexico
    Albuquerque, NM  United States  87131
  • Project Managers:

    Melendrez, Carman

    Stearns, Amy

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

    Department of Urban Planning/Institute for Physical Infrastructure and Transportation
    Milwaukee, WI  United States  53211
  • Principal Investigators:

    Schneider, Robert

  • Start Date: 20230601
  • Expected Completion Date: 20240531
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01890179
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Center for Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety
  • Contract Numbers: 69A3552348336
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Aug 17 2023 8:33AM