Welcome to the FHWA Safety Program

The focus of the FHWA Safety Program is to ensure safer roadways The FHWA Office of Safety works with Federal, State and Local partners and others in the transportation community to develop and promote programs and technologies to improve the safety performance of our Nation’s roadways to reduce the number of fatalities and injuries (safety facts). Safety should be integrated into all programs and projects and considered every time and during every stage from development to completion.  This office provides decision-makers the tools, resources, and information necessary to make sound safety investment decisions

The Office of Safety's mission is: Exercising leadership throughout the highway community to make the Nation's roadways safer by:

  • Developing, evaluating, and deploying life saving countermeasures;
  • Advancing the use of scientific methods and data-driven decisions;
  • Fostering a safety culture; and
  • Promoting an integrated, multidisciplinary (4E's) approach to safety.

Bicycle Safer Journey

The Federal Highway Administration is pleased to announce the release of Bicycle Safer Journey, a new tool to educate teens and children about safe bicycling behaviors.

Bicycle Safer Journey is a free, online education tool designed to help educators, parents and others who care about bicycle safety to get the conversation started with children and youth. It is an ideal complement to a Bike to School Day or Bike Month event.

Whether bicycling with adult family members or with friends, learning basic bicycle safety can help prevent injuries and prepare school-age children and youth for a lifetime of safe bicycling. As young people become drivers, it may help them be more aware of bicyclists as they navigate their community's streets.

Preventing bicycle injuries requires a combination of approaches: engineering strategies to improve the physical environment for bicycling, enforcement strategies to reduce vehicle speeds and increase driver awareness of bicyclists, and safety skills development and education for drivers and bicyclists.

Bicycle Safer Journey provides the information and education needed to help children and teens become safer bicyclists. The resource consists of three videos – one for each of three age groups: 5-9, 10-14 and 15-18 – accompanied by a quiz or discussion and an educator's resource library. The tool can be used as an introduction to bicycle safety skills or to augment a comprehensive curriculum. The age-appropriate videos, which are available in English and Spanish, address picking the safest places to bicycle and the importance of being alert. Bicycle Safer Journey is the second part of FHWA's effort to better inform children and teens about safe non-motorized travel. FHWA released Pedestrian Safer Journey, http://www.pedbikeinfo.org/pedsaferjourney, in 2013 to offer similar educational tools directed toward walking.

To access Bicycle Safer Journey, go to http://www.pedbikeinfo.org/bicyclesaferjourney.

FHWA Launches Saving Lives Together: The Highway Safety and EMS Connection

To encourage greater EMS involvement in state Strategic Highway Safety Plans (SHSPs), FHWA has launched a new web site, Saving Lives Together: The Highway Safety & EMS Connection, for both highway safety professionals and EMS Officials to promote awareness, understanding and collaboration. The site, which was developed in collaboration with the NHTSA Office of EMS, includes information about EMS and the SHSP, tips and suggestions for reaching out to both state highway safety professionals and EMS officials, and case studies that show how states have successfully collaborated with EMS and incorporated EMS-related strategies into the SHSPs.

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FHWA announces publication of the Highway Safety Improvement Program NPRM

This NPRM proposes to update the existing Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) requirements under 23 CFR Part 924. The HSIP NPRM proposes a subset of the model inventory of roadway elements for all public roads, the Strategic Highway Safety Plan update cycle and other revisions to implement MAP-21 provisions and clarify existing regulatory language. The notice will be open for public comment until May 27, 2014. (Read more)

FHWA announces publication of the Safety Performance Measures Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

FHWA has published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the Federal Register to establish a new code of federal regulations under 23 CFR 490 to implement the MAP-21 Performance Management Requirements, as well as the specific safety performance measures requirements to carry out the Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP).   The notice will be open for public comment until June 9, 2014 and represents the first set of the Department of Transportation’s proposals to implement MAP-21 performance provisions for the federal-aid highway and public transportation programs. (Read more)

Contacts: Robert Ritter
Keith Williams

FHWA Congratulates the 2013 National Roadway Safety Award Winners

Since 1998, FHWA has joined with the Roadway Safety Foundation (RSF) biennially to recognize innovative, efficient roadway safety projects and programs that eliminate or sharply reduce highway deaths across the country. Awards are presented in three categories.

  • Infrastructure Improvements
  • Operational Improvements
  • Program Planning, Development, and Evaluation

FHWA and RSF presented 11 awards and 1 honorable mention at the Roadway Safety Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, November 6, 2013, in Washington, DC. Read more.

FHWA Congratulates the 2013 Office of Safety Photo Contest Winners

The Office of Safety is pleased to announce the winners of the 2013 photo contest. The photos represent successful implementations of the Nine Proven Safety Countermeasures. More than 150 entries were received in ten different categories. Finalists' pictures were displayed at the Office of Safety's exhibition booth at the 2013 Transportation Research Board's (TRB) annual meeting. Final voting took place at the booth by TRB meeting attendees. Winners will also be displayed in the Winter edition of the Office of Safety, Safety Compass e-newsletter.

A Systemic Approach to Safety-Using Risk to Drive Action

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Office of Safety has developed a web site with information and resources on the systemic approach to safety, which uses high-risk roadway features correlated with severe crash types to implement low-cost safety countermeasures across a transportation network. It does not replace the site analysis approach, but rather compliments it by providing a more comprehensive and proactive approach to road safety efforts. Read more.

Safe Roads for a Safer Future A Joint Safety Strategic Plan

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Office of Safety, Office of Safety Research and Development, and Resource Center Safety and Design Technical Services Team have come together to develop this Safe Roads for a Safer Future – A Joint Safety Strategic Plan (hereafter referred to as the Safety Strategic Plan or SSP). The process brings together these safety units to focus on a common vision: toward zero deaths and serious injuries. read more

Proven Safety Countermeasures

This Web site will be your one-stop shop for information on the latest FHWA-recommended set of research-proven safety countermeasures and FHWA guidance on countermeasure considerations.

Many of these countermeasures are low-cost solutions, and FHWA encourages its partners to consider implementing these countermeasures broadly, as appropriate, to reap the benefits of using solutions that are known to save lives. learn more

Roadway Safety Professional Capacity Building Website

This Web site contains critical resources that can help roadway safety professionals increase their knowledge, skills, and abilities on the broad range of safety issues encountered in their jobs. The site features:

  • Roadway Safety Peer-to-Peer Program – helps agencies effectively manage, deploy, and implement roadway safety programs.
  • Noteworthy Practices Database – case studies of successful practices organized by safety topics and State.
  • Communities of Practice – online communities of roadway safety professionals engaged in information exchange on safety topics.
  • Training and Education – links to roadway safety training and education resources.

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Additional Safety Programs & Initiatives

Including Safety Strategies in the Recovery Act Delivery

The safety of the traveling public and of the workers on the roadway is of utmost concern to the administration. Many safety improvements can be easily and cost effectively incorporated into existing "ready to go" projects without changing the scope or delaying the project. Making small changes to these projects can produce big safety benefits. As an example, incorporating rumble strips into a resurfacing project can cost as little at $600 per mile, and the benefits in terms of reductions in fatalities and serious injuries are dramatic.

Another way to achieve these safety benefits is through "programmatic" or "system-wide" projects that may focus on addressing safety issues in a particular area or corridor. Examples include projects that systemically install proven safety countermeasures such as guardrails, warning signs, striping, rumble strips, rumble stripes, safety edge and median barriers. Click here for more information on these and other proven safety countermeasures. This system-wide approach may be particularly useful to local governments.

Strategic Highway Safety Plans (SHSPs) are a good starting point for identifying stand-alone safety projects or enhancements to "ready to go" projects that can be implemented, constructed, and advanced quickly. The Economic Recovery Delivery is an opportunity to accelerate the implementation of these safety action plans, and the sooner these safety features can be put in place, the sooner they will save lives.

Furthermore, many state SHSPs include a data system improvement element. Improved data systems are eligible activities and such projects do not require the intensive planning, design, approvals, and permitting that construction projects do. The Office of Safety and our Field office Safety Specialists are prepared to help advance these important, life-saving, investments. see more info



New Safety Compass Newsletter – Fall 2014
(Vol 8, Issue 2)

New Pedestrian Forum – Fall 2014

New Manual for Selecting Safety Treatments on High Risk Rural Roads

New Bicycle Safer Journey (Revised 2014)

NEW Saving Lives Together: The Highway Safety and EMS Connection

New Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon Guide

New 2013 National Roadway Safety Award Winners

New Signalized Intersections: An Informational Guide

New Guidance memorandum on the Roadside Design Guide – 4th Edition

Bicycle Road Safety Audit Guidelines and Prompt Lists

Web-based HSIP Courses
Five new web-based courses related to the HSIP are available from the National Highway Institute

Proven Safety Countermeasures

HSM Managers Guide

Integrating Road Safety into NEPA Analysis: A Primer for Safety and Environmental Professionals:
    • Brochure
    • Report

Procedures for Setting Advisory Speeds on Curves

HSM Training Guide

FHWA is introducing the HSM case study series that highlights noteworthy implementation of HSM methodology.

Guidance Memorandum on Fundamental Roadway and Traffic Data Elements to Improve the Highway Safety Improvement Program

Background Report: Guidance for Roadway Safety Data to Support the Highway Safety Improvement Program

Market Analysis of Collecting Fundamental Roadway Data Elements to Support the Highway Safety Improvement Program

MIRE Report, Ver. 1.0

2010 Transparency Reports (5 Percent)

Pedestrian Safety Strategic Plan

Safety Edge Toolkit

FHWA Nine Proven Crash Countermeasures – Addressing Critical Safety Concerns

SHSP Implementation Process Model Interactive CD

P2P – Integrating Local Planning Organizations into a State HSIP

Press Releases

U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood Announces Lowest Traffic Fatalities in Six Decades more...

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The Fast Lane

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