Signalized Intersection Enhancements that Benefit Pedestrians

Source: America Walks, Fehr and Peers

Walking is a healthy, environmentally friendly, and socially equitable form of transportation. Improvements to the safety and convenience of walking are critical to maximizing the number of people who walk.

According to Bicycling and Walking in the United States - 2010 Benchmarking Report (Alliance for Biking & Walking, 2010), pedestrians account for 11.3% of all traffic fatalities nationwide and 25% of all traffi c fatalities in major U.S. cities. Signalized intersections are an inherent element of the roadway network in cities; they are a common point of convergence for pedestrians and vehicles and many pedestrian traffi c fatalities occur at signalized intersections. Improving safety at signalized intersections is therefore criticalto reducing the number of pedestrian traffi c fatalities.

The purpose of this resource is to educate decision makers, planners, engineers, and citizens on signalized intersection enhancements that can improve pedestrian safety and convenience. This resource is intended to summarize a wide array of potential treatments for a variety of signalized intersections; not all of the treatments summarized in this resource are
appropriate for every signalized intersection.

This resource categorizes signalized intersection enhancements into three types:

  • Geometric treatments
  • Signal hardware
  • Operational measures

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