Pedestrian Safety and Darkness

Dec 20, 2022

Among the risk factors that can increase the likelihood and severity of crashes involving pedestrians is darkness. As noted in the US Department of Transportation's National Roadway Safety Strategy (NRSS), "visibility continues to be an issue for people walking and biking; 75 percent of all fatal pedestrian crashes occur in darkness." During this webinar, panelists shared new research into the issue of darkness and its role as a contributing factor for pedestrian crashes, as well as guidance for improving lighting and visibility.

Dr. Rebecca Sanders (Safe Streets Research and Consulting) discussed findings from the study "Pedestrian fatalities in darkness: What do we know, and what can be done?" Michael Dunn and Matt Stygles (VHB) shared recommended practices from the Federal Highway Administration's Pedestrian Lighting Primer. A team from Oregon Walks (Brandon Summers and Zachary Lauritzen) discussed a report that identified the need for lighting improvements in the City of Portland, Oregon.

Following their presentations, panelists participated in a discussion session and respond to questions from attendees.



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