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Evaluation of the Focused Approach to Pedestrian Safety Program

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V. Conclusion

One interviewee commented, “I hope the conclusion of the evaluation is ‘money well spent.’” The Focused Approach to Pedestrian Safety Program was received very favorably in the locations studied. The Program raised the visibility of pedestrian safety, and helped focus attention and resources on pedestrian safety initiatives. The increased awareness and understanding of pedestrian issues spurred changes in policies and business processes aimed at improving pedestrian safety. It also helped create and strengthen partnerships and institutional structures focused on pedestrian safety. In every location studied, the investments in the Program have already resulted in the planning and implementation of pedestrian countermeasures.

Further research is needed to determine the critical factors that influence the adoption of pedestrian improvements. There is also a need to continue to monitor Program results to determine whether the improvements are sustained over time and whether they result in a reduction in pedestrian incidents, injuries, and fatalities.

In the short term, FHWA should take advantage of the successes of the Program by developing and disseminating additional educational and outreach materials on best practices for addressing pedestrian safety. In this way, FHWA can extend the impact of the Program beyond the focus locations and increase even further the awareness, visibility, and understanding of pedestrian safety issues.

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