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Safety expert Kaplan presents at NACE/APWA Expo
Andy Kaplan, safety program manager for theTransportation Safety Resource Centerat CAIT, gave a technical presentation at the National Association of County Engineers and American Public Works Association 2015 Joint Expo and Annual Conference on April 21.
Kaplan's talk, Moving Beyond Just Crashes to Improve Roadway Safety, covered both qualitative and quantitative methods for conducting a safety analysis using resources available to local agency staff.
This includes practical use of road safety audits/assessments and examples of how the systemic safety approach can be used to examine pedestrian and bicycle crashes.
Roadway safety is an important issue for communities throughout the country and presents a challenge for state and local agencies.
Crashes on local and rural roads often account for a high percentage of all severe crashes, but the density of crashes associated with these roadways or particular crash types is typically low. Low-density distribution of crashes poses a challenge in addressing safety issues and concerns because a high percentage of severe crashes are not being identified for improvement projects.
Pedestrian and bicycle crashes pose a very similar problem in many urban areas and as such other tools and methods are needed to identify and prioritize investments.
Kaplan helped attendees understand how local agencies can use RSAs to improve road safety; how to use a systemic safety project selection tool for pedestrian and bicycle safety planning; and how to make informed decisions on which safety tool or resource is needed for safety management process.