FHWA Pedestrian and Bicycle Transportation University Course: 9. Strategies for Safer Speeds

Source: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

Vehicle speed dramatically affects the chances of bicycle and pedestrian crashes and the seriousness of crash injuries for vulnerable road users. This module explores the traditional perceptions and rationale for speed limit setting (higher speeds thought to reduce congestion and delay) and presents new paradigms such as Vision Zero, which employs speed reduction as a key strategy to eliminate fatalities and serious injuries. Includes speed-reduction and traffic calming strategies through enforcement, education, and engineering.

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