face a variety of challenges when they walk along and across
streets with motor vehicles. Communities are asking for
help to “slow traffic down,” “make it
safer to cross the street,” and “make the street
more inviting to pedestrians.”
The following is a list of requests (objectives) that
transportation professionals are likely to face when
working to provide pedestrian safety and mobility:
- Reduce speed of motor vehicles.
- Improve sight distance and visibility for motor vehicles and pedestrians.
- Reduce volume of motor vehicles.
- Reduce exposure time for pedestrians.
- Improve access and mobility for all pedestrians, especially those with disabilities.
- Encourage walking by improving aesthetics, safety, and security.
- Improve compliance with traffic laws (motorists and pedestrians).
- Eliminate behaviors that lead to crashes (motorists and pedestrians).
Each of these objectives can be accomplished through a variety of
the individual treatments presented in this application. Yet, most
treatments will work best when used at multiple locations and in combination
with other treatments.
In addition, many of the treatments will accomplish two or more objectives.
The key is to make sure that the right treatments are chosen to accomplish
the desired effect.
The interactive matrix linked at the right shows
which countermeasures are appropriate
to consider for the eight performance objectives. In
using the matrix, it is important to remember
that it is simply a guide. In all cases, good engineering
judgment should be applied when making
decisions about what treatment will be best for a specific