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Pedestrian Safety

For civil engineers and city planners, these resources provide information on designing pedestrian-friendly, "walkable" cities. Included are traffic calming studies, proposed designs, standards, and opinions.

Pedestrian Safety
Walking is the most dangerous mode of transportation. Each year approximately 4,000 pedestrians die while crossing the street, walking to school or work, and other normal walking activities. Another 59,000 pedestrians are injured in roadway crashes annually, according to the Federal Highway Administration. Here are more statistics on America's most dangerous cities for pedestrians.

FHWA Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP)
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) of the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) established the Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) in 2005.

ITE Traffic Calming Web Site
Includes listing of potential traffic calming devices including photographs. Also includes several slide shows of recent traffic calming presentations.

NHTSA Pedestrian Safety Programs
Programs sponsored by the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) include guidelines for states to implement their own comprehensive pedestrian safety programs.

Traffic Calming Plan
City of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada traffic calming plan.

Walkable Communities
Goal is to make communities more walkable through planning and design.

Walkable Design
Design and engineering considerations in creating a more pedestrian friendly environment.

Web Site for Modern Roundabouts
Includes database of current and planned roundabouts, proposed design standards, estimated capacity and delay, and other resources on roundabouts. The reference to the 1998 ITE Conference on Roundabounds indicates that the site needs updating.

Research on how Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) can improve pedestrian safety.

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