- CAIT Main
- Infrastructure Areas
- Program Sites
- ANDERS - Automated Nondestructive Evaluation and Rehabilitation System
- BEAST - Bridge Evaluation and Accelerated Structural Testing
- CAES - Center for Advanced Energy Systems
- FMP - Freight and Maritime Program
- ICMP - Infrastructure Condition Monitoring Program
- IMG - Information Management Group
- LESS - Laboratory for Energy Smart Systems
- LPS - Laboratory for Port Security
- LTBP - Long-Term Bridge Performance Program
- NJ LTAP - NJ Local Technical Assistance Program
- PRP - Pavement Resource Program
- PSSP - Pipeline Safety and Security Program
- SAM - Structures and Advanced Materials
- SSML - Soil and Sediment Management Laboratory
- TSRC - Transportation Safety Resource Center
- TTG - Technology Transfer Group
RECAP: Designing for Pedestrians - An Engineering Symposium
On March 21, 2013, over 200 local, county, and state transportation and structural engineers attended "Designing for Pedestrians: An Engineering Symposium," hosted by NJ LTAP. Developed with support from the FHWA Office of Safety, through the Accelerating Safety Activities Program, the symposium focused specifically on the engineering aspects of pedestrian safety improvements.
Karen Scurry, a transportation specialist with the FHWA Office of Safety, kicked off the event with a keynote address that addressed safety culture and road user interactions.
"No matter how you look at the data, the basic problem is the same--pedestrians and drivers must use the streets together--so we have to design to accommodate all users," Scurry said.
Next, attendees learned about identifying problem locations and implementing improvements from analysis to funding. Michael Weber, TSRC engineering researcher, spoke about finding and using crash data to identify problem sites before site visits, while Caroline Trueman, a safety engineer with the FHWA New Jersey division, spoke about helpful federal guidelines to conducting pedestrian RSAs.
Making countermeasure recommendations is the first step in improving these safety issues; access to feasible financing options is the second. Christine Mittman, New Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA) project manager, offered guidelines and avenues to local safety improvement funding.
These funding options are even more useful when the roadway owner can budget for low-cost enhancements. Rosemarie Anderson, an FHWA Office of Safety transportation specialist, and Susan Poliwka, a mobility and planning division head with the City of Hoboken, offered several cost-effective solutions for pedestrian safety issues, including curb "daylighting," a practice that forces cars to park farther away from intersections so pedestrians and motorists can see and react to each other more quickly.
Two panel discussions took a closer look at new technologies that create visual and auditory alerts in crosswalks and at intersections. Moderated by Ted Green of NJ LTAP, these panel sessions explored technologies for both signalized and unsignalized intersections, like the pedestrian-controlled HAWK signals, audible warning bells and crossing instructions, and more "Stop for Pedestrian" signs in highly-congested areas.
"These technologies will help to make both motorists and pedestrian more alert," Green said. "Coupled with enforcement and education, we're looking forward to seeing a downward trend in crashes and fatalities that directly correlate with these engineering improvements."
Pedestrian Symposium Keynote Address
Karen Scurry, Transportation Specialist, FHWA Office of Safety
Data: What to Look for and Where to Find it
Michael Weber, Research Project Assistant, Rutgers’ CAIT
Pedestrian Road Safety Audit
Caroline Trueman, Safety Engineer, FHWA NJ Division
Funding Local Safety Improvements
Christine Mittman, Project Manager, North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority
Panel Discussion: Signalized Pedestrian Crossings - Part I
Ted Green, P.E., Engineering Project Manager, Rutgers' CAIT
Panel Discussion: Signalized Pedestrian Crossings - Part II
Matthew T. Carmody, P.E., Senior Project Manager, VHB
Panel Discussion: Signalized Pedestrian Crossings - Part III
Chris Barretts, P.E., Manager, Bureau of Traffic Engineering, NJDOT
Panel Discussion: Technologies Panel for Unsignalized Crosswalks - Part I
Patrick Hefferan, Regional Manager, Traffic, Carmanah Technologies Corp.
Panel Discussion: Technologies Panel for Unsignalized Crosswalks - Part II
Robert Kiser, P.E. Director of Engineering, Princeton
Panel Discussion: Technologies Panel for Unsignalized Crosswalks - Part III
Kimberli Craft, P.E., Township Engineer, City of Montclair
Low Cost Safety Enhancements
Susan Poliwka, Mobility and Planning Division Head, City of Hoboken
DISCLAIMER: These symposium presentations slides are for scholarly interest and do not necessarily represent the views of Rutgers' CAIT, the New Jersey Local Technical Assistance Program, the New Jersey Department of Transportation, or the Federal Highway Administration. We assume no liability for its contents or use thereof. Designers should verify information is applicable to current laws, standards, guidelines, and policies.