From: Martinez, Victoria (FHWA)
Sent: Thursday, May 18, 2017 8:26 AM
Subject: FW: EDC-4 Five Ways to Boost Pedestrian Safety
Innovation of the Month:
Safe Transportation for Every Pedestrian
[Pedestrian Refuge Island]The safe transportation for every
(STEP) program the Federal Highway Administration is promoting in Every Day Counts round
four (EDC-4) includes five proven countermeasures to get pedestrians safely across the
road at uncontrolled crossing locations.
* Crosswalk visibility enhancements, such as crosswalk lighting and enhanced signing
and marking, help drivers detect pedestrians.
* Raised crosswalks are a traffic-calming technique that can reduce vehicle speeds and
encourage drivers to yield to pedestrians.
* Pedestrian refuge
provide a safer place for pedestrians to stop at the midpoint of the road before crossing
the remaining distance, which is particularly helpful for pedestrians with limited
* Pedestrian hybrid
provide a stop control treatment at locations where pedestrian volumes aren't high
enough to warrant a traffic signal. They are a useful device for higher speed multilane
also an EDC-3 innovation, reconfigure a roadway cross-section to better accommodate all
users' needs. It can reduce vehicle speeds and the number of lanes pedestrians need to
cross and create space to add new pedestrian facilities.
See FHWA's Proven Safety
Web page for more information on STEP countermeasures and strategies to improve pedestrian