Pedestrian Safety

Blue Lake CPBST: May 18

April 20, 2017

Join us on Thursday, May 18 for another Community Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Training (CPBST) at Blue Lake Elementary in Blue Lake!

TRAINING INFORMATION
DATE/TIME: Thursday, May 18; 1PM- 5PM
LOCATION: Blue Lake Elementary - 631 Greenwood Avenue, Blue Lake, CA 95525
REGISTRATION: http://bit.ly/WalkBikeBlueLake

Lompoc CPBST: Saturday, April 22

March 28, 2017

Join us on Saturday, April 22 for another Community Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Training (CPBST) at the City of Lompoc!

TRAINING INFORMATION
DATE/TIME: Saturday, April 22 ; 10AM- 2PM
LOCATION: Lompoc Valley Medical Center, 1515 E Ocean Avenue, Lompoc CA 93436
REGISTRATION: http://bit.ly/2mzaqXA

UC Berkeley SafeTREC y California Walks están encantados de poder ofrecer un taller GRATIS de 4 horas dirigido a educar la comunidad para mejorar la seguridad de los peatones y de los ciclistas.

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Recommendations to Improve Pedestrian Safety in the Town of Paradise

Dang, Tony
Alfsen, Wendy
2013

In response to the recent death of a Paradise youth who was struck on Skyway Road, the Town of Paradise invited California WALKS to facilitate a workshop providing community residents, Town staff members, and other professionals with an overview of pedestrian safety best practices, to conduct a walkability assessment of areas near the downtown core, and to lead small group discussions to develop specific recommendations for Town Council to improve the safety and walkability of Paradise. This report summarizes overall walkability and pedestrian safety observations of downtown Paradise, as...

Strategies for Reducing Pedestrian and Bicyclist Injury at the Corridor Level

Grembek, Offer
Zhang, Yuanyuan
Yavari, Afsaneh
Yang, Zhao
Ragland, David R.
2013

A systemic approach for identifying potential safety countermeasures and implementing them across groups of locations sharing the same risk characteristics has been developed for pedestrian-vehicle collisions. This study was funded by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) to develop methods for identifying sites where there is potential for significant reductions in pedestrian and bicyclist injury. Data collected between 1998 and 2007 from a 16.5-mile section of San Pablo Avenue (SR 123) in the San Francisco East Bay was used as the study area. A database containing all...

Pedestrian Volume Modeling for Traffic Safety and Exposure Analysis: The Case of Boston, Massachusetts

Raford, Noah
Ragland, David R.
2005

This paper examines three types of pedestrian volume models in light of their usefulness for estimating pedestrian exposure for pedestrian safety research. The need for pedestrian flow data as part of pedestrian exposure and safety analysis is outlined, and the background of each type of model is discussed. It then selects the space syntax network analysis model to estimate pedestrian volumes for the city of Boston, Massachusetts. It was found that the model was able to accurately predict pedestrian flows (r-squared 0.81, p-value < 0.0001) after incorporating distance to transit stops...

Combining traffic efficiency and traffic safety in countermeasure selection to improve pedestrian safety at two-way stop controlled intersections

Yang, Zhao
Zhang, Yuanyuan
Grembek, Offer
2016

Decision makers are encouraged to consider multiple objectives (such as traffic efficiency, safety, and environment) together to make decisions. Although there are methods to evaluate each objective respectively, there are few reports or research papers showing how to incorporate these objectives and put it in practice. Thus, this study aims to develop a procedure to incorporate traffic efficiency into the traffic safety countermeasure (CM) selection process. To illustrate the procedure, the economic benefits of four pedestrian safety improvements at crosswalks of major-streets at two-way...

Driver/Pedestrian Understanding and Behavior at Marked and Unmarked Crosswalks

Ragland, David R.
Mitman, Meghan F.
2007

Pedestrian injuries at crosswalk locations represent a significant problem. In 2002, 22.7 percent of US pedestrians involved in collisions were in a crosswalk at the time of the collision, and over 96% of these occurred at an intersection. Almost all crosswalk collisions resulted in pedestrian injury or fatality (98.6 percent), and about one-third resulted in severe or fatal injury (National Automotive Sampling System (NASS) and General Estimates System (GES) 2002). As the owner of the California State Highway System, Caltrans is responsible for providing access to safe and convenient...

What They Don’t Know Can Kill Them

Mitman, Meghan F.
Ragland, David R.
2007

Traffic safety researchers have long argued that driver behavior outweighs physical elements (such as road design) as a causal factor in motor vehicle collisions. A fundamental causal component of pedestrian-vehicle collisions is also behavior—that of the driver and that of the pedestrian. One determinant of this behavior may be whether the driver, the pedestrian, or both understand the motor vehicle code, which demarcates right-of-way in pedestrian-vehicle interactions. That is, inappropriate or unlawful behavior may occur because the law is not understood or is misunderstood. Previous...

Pedestrian Counting Methods at Intersections: a Comparative Study

Diogenes, Mara Chagas
Greene-Roesel, Ryan
Arnold, Lindsay S.
Ragland, David R.
2007

Resources for implementing countermeasures to reduce pedestrian collisions in urban centers are usually allocated on the basis of need, which is determined by risk studies. They commonly rely on pedestrian volumes at intersections. The methods used to estimate pedestrian volumes include direct counts and surveys, but few studies have addressed the accuracy of these methods. This paper investigates the accuracy of three common counting methods: manual counts using sheets, manual counts using clickers, and manual counts using video cameras. The counts took place in San Francisco. For the...

Child Restraint Use: Workbook and Guide for Evaluating Community-based Programs

Ragland, David R.
Geyer, Judy A.
Cooper, Jill F.
2003

The leading cause of injury and death for children in California is motor vehicle crashes. To prevent these needless tragedies, the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), through the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency, funds child passenger safety programs throughout the state. This workbook is designed to be used by these local programs to 1) evaluate the impact of their activities on child restraint use, 2) evaluate results to improve or modify the programs as needed, and 3) meet contractual evaluation requirements. Program evaluations can be difficult for local programs due...