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Safe Transportation for Every Pedestrian (STEP)

Overview

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 2018 witnessed the most pedestrian fatalities since 1990, accounting for approximately 17 percent of all roadway fatalities (6,283). In 2018, 74% of pedestrian fatalities occurred away from intersections (e.g., mid-block locations) and approximately 25% occurred at intersections.

Through the Every Day Counts STEP initiative, FHWA will promote the following countermeasures to improve pedestrian crossing locations and reduce crashes:

Benefits

State of the Practice

Road Diets, Pedestrian Refuge Islands, Pedestrian Hybrid Beacons (PHB), and Leading Pedestrian Intervals (LPI) are all considered Proven Safety Countermeasures by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Crosswalk Visibility Enhancements (lighting and pavement markings) and Raised Crosswalks are promoted through FHWA's PEDSAFE.

 

Page last modified on March 19, 2020
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