Evaluation of the Miami-Dade pedestrian safety demonstration project

  • Published: USA National Highways Transport Safety Administration, 2008
  • Authors: C. Zegeer, D. Henderson, R. Blomberg, L. Marchetti, S. Masten, Y. Fan, L. Sandt, A. Brown, J. Stutts and L. Thomas
  • Date Added: 02 Feb 2013
  • Last Update: 18 Jul 2013
  • Format: pdf

Objectives:

This study sought to identify and implement a comprehensive countermeasure programme that could reduce pedestrian casualties in an urban environment.

Methodology:

Following selection of a suitable location and implementation of countermeasures, a before and after study was made.

Key Findings:

  • At the peak of countermeasure use, the programme reduced county wide pedestrian RTI rates by up to 13.3 per cent.

  • Targeting countermeasures to specific age and ethnic groups appears to have been successful in some locations. However in others, educational countermeasures had no discernable effect on target populations.

  • A limited number of engineering treatments were implemented as part of this programme.

  • Use of GIS to create an RTI database was seen as valuable in identifying, evaluating and communicating the issues.

Themes:

Countermeasure programme, casualty reduction, RTI zones

Comments:

The nature of this project owes much to the American administrative systems around road safety. Nevertheless, it shows the potential value of a considered, targeted programme of varied countermeasures.

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