What Policy and Budget Choices Yield the Greatest Decreases in Pedestrian & Bicyclist Fatality Rates?

Recognizing how little we know about what factors contribute to the success of Vision Zero (or other safety initiatives) at the community level, this project will identify and analyze cities, counties, metropolitan areas and states that are experiencing the greatest decreases in pedestrian and bicyclist fatality rates. The research team focuses specifically on these two modes because the fatality increases between 2010 and 2019 for pedestrians (47%) and bicyclists (39%) outpaced the overall national fatality increase (11%). The team will explore the following research questions: Which cities, counties, metropolitan areas, and states have made the most progress toward Vision Zero (whether or not they have adopted an official goal to eliminate traffic fatalities)? Specifically, which have experienced the greatest reductions in pedestrian and bicyclist fatality rates (based on fatalities per pedestrian and per bicyclist commuting to work)? Importantly, what policy and budget decisions are being made in the communities that have reduced pedestrian and bicyclist fatality rates the most? Are these policy and budget choices different than those being made in other communities that are failing to improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety? The team seeks to find evidence of specific budget choices, adopted policies, and implementation actions that are the most effective at producing positive pedestrian and bicyclist safety outcomes.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $48903
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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:

    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: 01890180
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Center for Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety
  • Contract Numbers: 69A3552348336
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Aug 17 2023 8:38AM