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Directions in Highway Safety, Summer 2008 Cover Page Download Newsletter pdf
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Late Winter 2008 | Vol. 10 | No. 4

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New Resources Available to Aid Pedestrian Safety Planning

Two new publications are available to aid in the pedestrian safety planning process. The first focuses on how to conduct a pedestrian road safety audit, and the second addresses how to develop a pedestrian safety action plan.

The Pedestrian Road Safety Audit Guidelines and Prompt Lists was developed by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to provide transportation agencies and road safety audit teams with a better understanding of the needs and challenges of pedestrians. A road safety audit is a formal examination of a future roadway plan or project or an in-service facility that is conducted by an independent, experienced multidisciplinary team. The new guide presents a broad overview of the road safety audit process and how pedestrian needs should be considered.

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The second publication, How to Develop a Pedestrian Safety Action Plan, was produced by the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center with funding by the Federal Highway Administration. A pedestrian safety action plan is used to guide the improvement of pedestrian safety through street redesign and the use of engineering countermeasures, planning and policy changes, as well as other safety-related treatments and programs that involve the whole community. The publication is geared toward transportation professionals who have the responsibility of improving pedestrian safety at the state or local level. It is intended to help state and local officials know where to begin to address pedestrian safety issues and to assist agencies in further enhancing their existing pedestrian safety programs and activities.

The Pedestrian Road Safety Audit Guideline and Prompt Lists can be downloaded at www.trb.org/news/blurb_detail.asp?id=8371. How to Develop a Pedestrian Safety Action Plan is available at www.walkinginfo.org/training/pdps.