Enhancing Pedestrian Safety: The Power of LPIs and APS

By: Travis Goldsby Co-Author: Katie Behrens 11.28.2023   Introduction Navigating intersections poses risks even when pedestrians have the right of way. While measures like TLPI and other innovations show promise, their effectiveness is maximized when coupled with Leading Pedestrian Intervals (LPIs). These intervals, allowing pedestrians to start crossing 3-7 seconds before vehicle traffic, reduce pedestrian-vehicle…

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The Impact of Daylight Savings on Road Safety

By: Katie Behrens 11.06.2023   Introduction In the early hours of yesterday morning, daylight savings time began. Although we only set our clocks back one hour, it can have a huge impact on our safety as drivers and pedestrians. As the sun’s position shifts, commuters are exposed to blinding glare during morning and evening commutes.…

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October is National Pedestrian Safety Month!

By: Katie Behrens 10.02.2023   Introduction As the vibrant hues of autumn leaves paint the streets and sidewalks, October brings with it not just the promise of pumpkin-spiced lattes, cozy blankets, and football but also a vital cause for celebration and awareness. October is National Pedestrian Safety Month, a dedicated time to emphasize the importance of…

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Ensuring Equal Access: New Rules for Pedestrian Facilities in the Public Right-of-Way

By: Katie Behrens 09.13.2023   Introduction The Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (Access Board) has delivered a long-awaited milestone for accessibility in the United States. On September 7, 2023, a final rule known as PROWAG (Public Right-of-Way Accessibility Guidelines) was officially put into effect. This rule provides essential guidelines for the accessibility of pedestrian…

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What is Audible Beaconing?

By: Alicia Quilantan Co-Author: Katie Behrens 08.01.2023   Introduction Audible beaconing is a functionality incorporated into certain Accessible Pedestrian Signals (APS) and becomes operational only when pedestrians utilize the extended press feature, which is initiated by holding down the button for more than one second. Accessible pedestrian signals (APS) employ sound, raised arrows, and vibration…

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How to use an Accessible Pedestrian Push Button

By: Alicia Quilantan Co-Author: Travis Goldsby and Katie Behrens 07.31.2023   Introduction Almost 20 million Americans, roughly 8 percent of the United States population, have visual impairments. Impaired vision can range anywhere from poor vision to complete blindness. People with visual impairments have difficulty with routine tasks, including crossing the street. Accessible Pedestrian Push Buttons…

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Improving Nighttime Pedestrian Safety

By: Alicia Quilantan 07.03.2023   Introduction “Most pedestrian fatalities continue to occur at night, although nighttime deaths have accounted for an even larger share over the past few years. In 2021, 77% of fatal pedestrian crashes occurred in the dark, with approximately 20% happening in daylight and 3% during dawn or dusk. Since 2010, nighttime…

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