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


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.


Countermeasure programme, casualty reduction, RTI zones


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.