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Performance Objective Matrix:
Deciding on the set of treatments that will provide the greatest benefits in terms
of providing safety and mobility requires transportation and land-use planners
and engineers and community leaders to engage in problem-solving.
Pedestrians 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
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 chapter. 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
The chart located on the following two pages is intended to summarize the uses
of the tools presented in this chapter and to assist in the decision-making process.
In using the chart, 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 location.