Improving Pedestrian Safety at Uncontrolled Locations

Presented on November 30, 2016

Uncontrolled locations are known to be hazardous for pedestrian crossings. Factors such as vehicle speeds, traffic volumes, and various other factors can compound these issues and increase the risk of crashes occurring at these locations. Likewise, there is uncertainty about the appropriate countermeasures and crossing enhancements to implement to improve safety for pedestrians.

This webinar focused on four countermeasures for uncontrolled locations that were explored during a recently completed study. Those countermeasures include:

  • Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons
  • Pedestrian Hybrid Beacons
  • Pedestrian Refuge Islands
  • Advance Stop/Yield Lines

Drawing from new research, Charlie Zegeer discussed the findings of the study performed by the UNC Highway Safety Research Center and its research team. New information about the safety effectiveness of these countermeasures was shared and discussed. The webinar also featured a presentation from Angela Berry, of the Charlotte Department of Transportation, who illustrated an example of one agency that is selecting locations for safety improvement and deploying these countermeasures.

Following the presentations, the panel was joined by Michael Frederick (City of St Petersburg), Richard Nassi (Pima Association of Governments), and others from the Federal Highway Administration for a facilitated discussion about these countermeasures and how they should be used. The panel drew directly from questions submitted by attendees in advance of the webinar and those asked during the presentation itself.

Presenters and Panelists:

  • Charlie Zegeer, UNC Highway Safety Research Center
  • Angela Berry, Charlotte Department of Transportation
  • Richard Nassi, Pima Association of Governments
  • Michael Frederick, City of St. Petersburg
  • Peter Eun, Federal Highway Administration
  • Keith Sinclair, Federal Highway Administration

Webinar Resources

  • Presentation Slides (PDF)
  • Webinar Recording (MP4)