Install low- to medium-cost improvements to increase pedestrian safety.
- Identify high-risk intersection characteristics and a procedure for evaluating pedestrian risk. Create an inventory of relevant intersection characteristics including pedestrian volumes. Prioritize location by risk.
- Create a toolbox of engineering solutions that can be applied systemically (see notes below).
- Identify specific countermeasures for each intersection.
- Identify funding sources and the cost to implement.
- Implement. Publicize improvements as safety enhancements. Evaluate outcomes.
TxDOT, city and county agencies, transportation and public works departments, engineering design consultants, FHWA, and TexITE.
- Identifying a committed champion.
- Obtaining funding to develop a systemic process.
- Collecting a comprehensive set of intersection characteristics.
- Obtaining sufficient and sustained funding to implement countermeasures.
- Public perception.
- Data limitations.
Eliminate free-flow turn lanes or convert them to angled turn lanes that require stopping/yielding, add turn islands and median islands and curb bulb-outs, convert permissive-only or protected-permissive phasing to protected-only (when a pedestrian is present or during active times of day), provide enhanced measures (a rectangular rapid flash beacon, pedestrian hybrid beacon, lighting, etc. at uncontrolled high-risk locations, and pedestrian islands). At targeted intersections, prohibit right-on-red and permissive left turns at high-probability locations; install/improve pedestrian signals, pedestrian crosswalks, lighting, and/or high-friction surface treatment on intersection approaches; and ensure pedestrian signals, push buttons, crosswalk markings, etc. meet current requirements or upgrade to current requirements, including signal timing.