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Free 12-part webinar series: entitled Countermeasure Strategies for Pedestrian Safety. The series will be delivered between October 2015 and January 2016. It will provide participants with an in-depth exploration of some of the countermeasures and design strategies that can be implemented to improve pedestrian safety. Each of the 12 sessions will feature detailed information about countermeasures and design strategies, supporting research and guidance, as well as case studies highlighting examples of implementation from around the country.
For more information about the webinar schedule, as well as registration instructions, please visit:
Topics to be covered during the series will include:
Agency Leadership and Pedestrian Safety (May 5, 2015) The session focused on how state, local, and regional agencies have raised the profile of pedestrian safety issues and launched programs to prioritize pedestrian safety as a focus area and influence cultural changes within their agencies and departments. Panelists representing a variety of agencies will describe how pedestrian safety became a priority, the ways in which their departments have begun to shift attention to this issue, and how other agencies can follow a similar path to prioritize pedestrian safety issues. Panelists included Billy Hattaway (Florida Department of Transportation), Kevin Kokes (North Central Texas Council of Governments) and Chava Kronenberg (San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency). Click here to view the recording: http://www.pedbikeinfo.org/training/webinars_FHWA_050515.cfm
Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operations ( June 18, 2015): The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) developed a new guide that gives law enforcement and community partners advice, guidance, and promising practices for setting up and conducting effective pedestrian safety enforcement operations. Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operations: A How-To Guide offers detailed information about planning, conducting, and following up enforcement operations, as well as case studies highlighting successful programs from across the country. This session included presentations and a discussion with the guide's authors and presentations from two-case study programs, introducing you to the guide and its findings and providing information about incorporating successful pedestrian safety strategies in your community. Click here to view the recording: http://www.pedbikeinfo.org/training/webinars_FHWA_enforcementguide.cfm
A Resident's Guide for Creating Safer Communities for Walking and Biking Webinar
February 10, 2015, 1-2:30 pm Eastern time
The Federal Highway Administration released "A Resident's Guide for Creating Safer Communities for Walking and Bicycling," a free guide offering step-by-step instructions for residents and community groups looking to improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety, access, and comfort. This webinar offered an overview of the guide and reviewed how two communities used the principles outlined within it to make their communities more walkable and bikeable. You can view the recording here:
Bicycle Safety Guide and Countermeasure Selection System (BIKESAFE) Webinar
Thursday, February 19, 2015, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. Eastern
FHWA recently completed its update to the Bicycle Safety Guide and Countermeasure Selection System, commonly known as BIKESAFE, to reflect the latest research and best practices surrounding designs for bicycle safety. This free webinar highlighted many of BIKESAFE's newest features and innovative countermeasures. Presenters discussed how practitioners can use BIKESAFE to analyze crashes and implement new treatments as well as how to identify options to improve bicycle safety. You can view the recording here: http://www.pedbikeinfo.org/training/webinars_PBIC_LC_021915.cfm
Designing for Older Road Users (Thursday, November 20, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time: This session focused on how streets and highways can be designed to better meet the needs of older road users. Becky Crowe (FHWA) discussed programs and projects underway at FHWA to advance the safety of Older Road Users. Gene Amparano (FHWA) provided attendees with an in-depth look at the updated Handbook for Designing Roadways for the Aging Population. Jesse Mintz-Roth (New York City DOT) focused on New York City's Safe Streets for Seniors Program. To view the recording, visit http://www.pedbikeinfo.org/training/webinars_FHWA_112014.cfm
Roadside Landscaping and Safety, Thursday, May 15, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time This webinar focused on safety tradeoffs associated with street trees and roadside landscaping. Though street trees provide many benefits for pedestrians, the environment, and motorists, they also present concerns for safety. Dick Albin, from the Federal Highway Administration Resource Center, discussed these issues and identified strategies for incorporating street trees while improving safety for all modes. View the webinar recording here: http://www.pedbikeinfo.org/training/webinars_FHWA_051514.cfm.
Pedestrian Safety and the Highway Safety Improvement Program, Thursday, March 13 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time This webinar provided an overview of the Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) and its applications for addressing pedestrian safety. The webinar also featured presentations from two states – Arizona and California – to focus on how HSIP is applied on the state and local levels. You can download the presentation slides and view the recording here: http://www.pedbikeinfo.org/training/webinars_FHWA_031314.cfm.
Pedestrian Facility Maintenance (Friday, December 6, 2013): This webinar provided a review of the new FHWA Guide for Maintaining Pedestrian Facilities for Enhanced Safety. The development of the guide relied on research of the common, accepted and exceptional maintenance practices in the United States. During the session, participants learned about common and successful approaches to sidewalk and shared use path maintenance in the U.S., including winter and summer maintenance, basics of a well-rounded maintenance program, and barriers to maintaining facilities. http://www.pedbikeinfo.org/training/webinars_FHWA_120213.cfm
Pedestrian Safety Guide and Countermeasure Selection System (PEDSAFE) Webinar (September 4, 2013): This webinar focused on each component of the newly revised PEDSAFE, giving special attention to the newest features and innovative countermeasures, such as rectangular rapid flashing beacons, roundabouts, pedestrian hybrid beacons, and road diets. You can download the presentation slides and view the recording here: http://www.pedbikeinfo.org/training/webinars_FHWA_090413.cfm
Systemic Safety Project Selection Tool (Tuesday, May 28, 2013): The webinar provided an overview of the Systemic Safety Project Selection Tool and the potential application to address pedestrian safety issues. You can download the presentation slides and view the recording here: http://www.pedbikeinfo.org/training/webinars_FHWA_052813.cfm.
Technical Assessment of State Pedestrian Safety Programs (Thursday, March 14, 2013 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time): During the assessment, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) organizes a team of pedestrian and highway safety experts that evaluate State pedestrian safety program activities based on NHTSA's Uniform Guidelines for State Highway Safety (No. 14, Pedestrian Safety). The team develops a consensus report that includes the current status of the State's pedestrian safety program and provides recommendations for improvement. You can download the presentation slides and view the recording here http://www.pedbikeinfo.org/training/webinars_FHWA_031413.cfm
Come hear about the most recent State Pedestrian Safety Program Technical Assessment conducted in Florida. Panelists will discuss the process involved in planning and implementing an Assessment, the Assessment Report and direct benefits to the Assessment process. Leah Walton (NHTSA) and Trenda McPherson (Florida Department of Transportation) will lead the presentation. To register, visit https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/508766698.
Road Diets (November 20, 2012): This webinar presented information about the safety benefits of road diets, particularly to pedestrians, and highlighted examples of road diet implementation in the United States. To view the recording, please visit http://www.pedbikeinfo.org/training/webinars_FHWA_112012.cfm.
Pedestrian Safety Initiatives in New York City: This webinar provided detailed information about New York City's strategy for improving pedestrian safety in the City, highlighting two examples of ongoing programs. You can view the recording here: http://www.pedbikeinfo.org/training/webinars_FHWA_081612.cfm
Raised Median Island and Pedestrian Safety (May 30, 2012, from 1:00-2:30 EDT): This webinar discussed design considerations for raised median islands and barriers to implementing these countermeasures, and presented case studies of agencies that have been using these treatments to improve pedestrian safety. Click on this link to access the recording: http://www.pedbikeinfo.org/training/webinars_FHWA_053012.cfm
Pedestrian Safety and Accessibility Considerations at Modern Roundabouts (March 7, 2012): This webinar explored considerations for pedestrian safety and pedestrian accessibility at modern roundabout intersections. Modern roundabouts are one of FHWA’s proven safety countermeasures due to their clear and documented reductions in vehicle injury and fatal crashes compared to signalized intersections. However, the safety performance of roundabouts to pedestrians is less clear, and a lot of research in recent years has pointed to significant concerns about the accessibility of roundabouts to pedestrians who are blind. Click on this link to access the recording: http://www.pedbikeinfo.org/training/webinars_FHWA_030712.cfm
Safety and Operations of Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon (HAWK) and Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon (RRFB) (November 30, 2012): This webinar reviewed the origin of the HAWK and RRFB, along with current installation and operational experiences. It also presented findings regarding motorist yielding and safety. Speakers were Richard Nassi, Pima Association of Governments; Kay Fitzpatrick, Texas Transportation Institute; and Ron Van Houten, Western Michigan University. To view the recording click on this link: http://www.pedbikeinfo.org/training/webinars_FHWA_113011.cfm
May 3, 2011: The FHWA Safety Office released a memo two years ago strongly encouraging the states to adopt nine countermeasures that are proven to increase safety and implement them wherever it makes sense. There are two that are aimed specifically at improving pedestrian safety: medians/pedestrian refuge areas and walkways. The FHWA sponsored a webinar on the implementation of medians and pedestrian refuge areas and walkways. In addition to an overview presentation on the Federal policies and application of the countermeasures, Sheila Lyons (Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator from Oregon DOT) and Gary Sokolow (Florida DOT Systems Planning), shared practices related to the development and implementation of their DOT's median policies. The NYDOT policy on pedestrian walkways was also be presented. To view the recording, click on this link: http://fhwa.adobeconnect.com/p9tfxbngqv6/
Planning for Pedestrian Safety was presented as 7 FREE webinars. The recordings of the series can be viewed here: http://www.pedbikeinfo.org/training/webinars_PSAP.cfm. The webinar series is intended to help communities address pedestrian safety issues and initiate the steps to drafting a tailored pedestrian safety action plan. The following topics were addressed:
Session 1 - Course Introduction and General Planning Principles: presented by Peter Eun (FHWA ), Ryan Snyder (Ryan Snyder Associates) and Paul Zykofsky (Land Use and Transportation Programs, Local Government Commission). April 26, 2011 - 1:00-3:00 p.m. EDT
Session 2 - Stakeholders: presented by Peter Lagerway (Toole Design Group), May 4, 2011 - 2:00-4:00 p.m. EDT
Session 3 - Data Collection and Analysis: presented by Charlie Zegeer (Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC)), May 18, 2011 - 2:00-4:00 p.m. EDT
Session 4 - Pedestrian Safety Education: presented by Nancy Pullen-Seufert, (National Center for Safe Routes to School). June 1, 2011 - 2:00 p.m. EDT.
Session 5 - Safety Enforcement: Craig Allred (FHWA) and Peter Flucke (We Bike). June 16, 2011 - 2:00 p.m. EDT.
Session 6 - Engineering: Hillary Isebrands (FHWA) and Michael Moule (Livable Streets). July 7, 2011 – 2:00 p.m. EDT.
Session 7 - Funding Issues: Keith Sinclair (FHWA) and Peter Lagerwey (Toole Design Group). July 27, 2011 – 3:00-4:30 p.m. EDT
The FHWA Safety Office and the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) will offer an 8-part Webinar series intended to help communities address pedestrian safety issues through design and engineering solutions. Modeled after the FHWA's/PBIC's in-person training course "Designing for Pedestrian Safety," the free Webinars will cover topics ranging from sidewalk design to road diets.
Part 1: Introduction to Pedestrian Safety Design and Planning Principles
Presented by Craig Allred, FHWA Resource Center Technical Specialist and Michael Ronkin, Owner, Designing Streets for Pedestrians and Bicyclists, LLC.
Tuesday, July 20 at 2:30 p.m. EST
Part 2: Sidewalk Design
Presented by Peter Eun, FHWA RC Safety Engineer
Tuesday, August 3 at 2:00 p.m. EST
Part 3: Treatments at Unsignalized Pedestrian Crossings
Presented by Charlie Zegeer, PBIC Director
Tuesday, August 17 at 2:00 p.m. EST
Part 4: Intersection Geometry
Presented by John LaPlante, Director of Traffic Engineering, T.Y. Lin International, Inc and Keith Sinclair, Acting Assistant Division Administrator, FHWA Connecticut Division
Thursday, September 9 at 2:00 p.m. EST
Part 5: Signalized Intersections
Presented by Michael Moule, President, Livable Streets, Inc.
and Fred Ranck, FHWA Resource Center Safety Design Engineer
Monday, September 27 at 2:00 p.m. EST
Part 6: Interchanges and Roundabouts
Presented by Fred Ranck, FHWA Resource Center Safety Design Engineer
and Hillary Isebrands, FHWA Resource Center Safety Specialist
Tuesday, October 5 at 2:00 p.m. EST
Part 7: Road Diets
Presented by Peter Lagerwey, Senior Planner, Toole Design Group
Part 8: Pedestrians and Transit
Presented by Dan Nabors, Senior Transportation Engineer, VHB