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 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 offered here 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