U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration
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Pedestrian Safety Strategic Plan: Background Report
Appendix IV: Workshop I Discussion Questions
Discussion I: Vision, Goals, and Measurable Objectives of the Strategic Plan
- Does your agency have pedestrian safety goals and objectives? If so, what are they? If not, what types of goals and objectives would be reasonable and potentially achievable?
- What solutions do you typically employ to meet your goals?
- What resources do you have the greatest need for in order to implement your goals and objectives (expertise/staff/resources to collect data and monitor conditions, implement new projects, maintain pedestrian facilities, or ordinances/standards/laws to assure good design standards are implemented)?
- Do the political and community leaders in your jurisdiction place a high priority on pedestrian safety and accessibility? Do they have a good appreciation for pedestrian accessibility, needs and design considerations?
- What performance measures do you use to evaluate your success in achieving goals and objectives?
- Do you have the resources (time/manpower) to evaluate the safety effects of specific projects or new designs you have implemented?
- If so, what evaluation measures are typically used? Are reports prepared to document the results?
- What do you think FHWA’s key pedestrian safety goals should be?
- Are there any major thrust areas or key goals not currently present that FHWA should consider when developing its strategic plan?
Discussion II: Prioritizing Recommended Research Initiatives and Activities
- What are the predominate types of pedestrian safety problems in your community or jurisdiction?
- What are the missing components (i.e., research or other tools) that are needed to help reduce pedestrian fatalities and injures?
- If no new research takes place, what is the most likely list of solutions/countermeasures/program activities that you will implement?
- If new research becomes available, how likely will it be to change your program?
- Is there an area of research that you would like to learn more about?
- Are there any emerging issues that you believe will become a concern for pedestrian safety in the future?
- What products that could come out of research would be most helpful to you?
- What are the recommended initiatives and research needs in the following areas:
- Problem identification and data collection
- Collecting data related to pedestrian exposure/activity, facilities, and crashes
- Demand management, generators, and forecasting
- Performing comprehensive and strategic risk assessment
- Integrating pedestrian safety issues into planning and engineering processes
- Analysis and decision making
- Safety planning, processes, and decision-making tools
- Development and evaluation of countermeasures
- Facility design, operations, and innovative treatments
- Transportation and land use planning processes and policies
- Behavioral issues as related to the built environment
- ITS solutions
- Project, program, and product evaluation
- Product delivery and technology transfer
- Training courses and workshops
- Marketing and outreach
- Conference support
- Technical assistance
- For the solutions you listed above, which ones do you feel will have the biggest impact on reducing pedestrian fatalities and injuries?
- Which activities or topics are critical, high, medium, or low priority in terms of assisting you in reducing pedestrian fatalities and improving pedestrian access and mobility? Why?
- Which research projects do you think are most feasible to conduct? Why?
- If a research project evaluated a countermeasure or produced a new tool, how likely would you be to implement the countermeasure or use the tool?
- What major activities or focus areas should be undertaken in the first five years? In 5-10 years? In 10 to 15 years?
- How can these activities be monitored, evaluated, and measured against performance objectives? In other words, how will we know when we’ve met our goals?
Discussion III: Other Elements of the Plan
- What stakeholder participation opportunities should be incorporated into the plan, and when?
- For the pedestrian issues you consider important, are there opportunities for FHWA to partner with your organization to develop key products/programs or disseminate information?
- Can you think of any potential barriers to implementing this plan? How can these barriers be addressed?
- Does your agency/organization feel too restricted in terms of testing new approaches/treatments? How could this be improved?
- Are there legal barriers to implementing new or innovative approaches to pedestrian safety?
- How should the plan be evaluated and updated? How often?
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