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Pedestrian Safety and Accessibility Considerations at Modern Roundabouts
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3/7/2012
When: March 7, 2012
1:00 - 2:30 pm ET
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The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) announce a free webinar on pedestrian safety and accessibility at roundabouts:

Pedestrian Safety and Accessibility Considerations at Modern Roundabouts
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
1:00 p.m. — 2:30 p.m. EDT

To register, visit: http://cts.vresp.com/c/?UNCHighwaySafetyRese/4945a85912/f424c878ee/d8b820f309.


This webinar will explore considerations for pedestrian safety and pedestrian accessibility at modern roundabout intersections. Modern roundabouts are one of FHWA's proven safety countermeasures due to their clear and documented reductions in vehicle injury and fatal crashes compared to signalized intersections. However, the safety performance of roundabouts to pedestrians is less clear, and a lot of research in recent years has pointed to significant concerns about the accessibility of roundabouts to pedestrians who are blind.

In the first of two presentations, Dr. Bastian Schroeder, with the Institute for Transportation Research and Education (ITRE) at North Carolina State University, will present an overview of several recent research efforts and documents related to the topic, including recently-published National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Report 674, proposed US Access Board Accessibility Guidelines, and other research. National Cooperative Highway Research Program NCHRP Report 674: Crossing Solutions at Roundabouts and Channelized Turn Lanes for Pedestrians with Vision Disabilities presents a framework for quantifying accessibility at complex road crossings like roundabouts and presents an initial look at safety countermeasures intended to improve access.

In the second presentation, Dr. Hillary Isebrands, with the Federal Highway Administration, Resource Center, Safety and Design Technical Service Team, will talk about general pedestrian and bicycle safety at modern roundabouts from the perspective of the Federal Highway Administration. At the conclusion of the webinar, both speakers will be available for questions and discussion.

This webinar is one of the free webinars that FHWA offers quarterly as part of its Pedestrian Safety Focus States and Cities initiatives. FHWA's Safety Office is trying to aggressively reduce pedestrian deaths by focusing extra resources on the states and cities with the highest pedestrian fatalities and/or fatality rates.

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