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Publication Number: FHWA-HRT-06-089
Date: July 2006

PBCAT-Pedestrian and Bicycle Crash Analysis Tool

Version 2.0

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CHAPTER 3. GETTING STARTED: THE BASICS

 

LAYOUT AND NAVIGATION

PBCAT 2.0 has adopted a Windows environment with pull-down menus and toolbars that allow the user to navigate quickly and easily among the various software functions from any screen in the application.(See figure 2.) The basic menu functions include:

PBCAT 2.0 includes toolbars and pull-down menus for navigation

Figure 2. Image. Use pull-down menus andtoolbars for navigation.

  • File (where application preferences are set).
  • Form Design (where data entry forms can be designed).
  • Reports (includes the ability to produce single- and multivariable tables).
  • Database (includes import/export capabilities).
  • Countermeasures (links to external Web applications PEDSAFE and BIKESAFE).
  • Help (includes all the information from this manual).

 

TOOLBAR

The toolbar located below the menu headings has two distinct functions. First, it is used to access the default database and enter or edit pedestrian and bicyclist data. Second, it is used in the design of data entry forms. The actions initiated by the various buttons are described below.

 

Data Entry and Crash Typing Buttons

Access the pedestrian data entry form. Access the pedestrian data entry form.
Access the bicyclist data entry form. Access the bicyclist data entry form.
Create a new record. Create a new record.
Access crash typing. Access crash typing.
Save a record. Save a record.
Go to the first record in the file. Go to the first record in the file.
Go to the last record in the file. Go to the last record in the file.
Go to the previous record in the file. Go to the previous record in the file.
Go to the next record in the file. Go to the next record in the file.
Delete a record. Delete a record.
Search the database. Search the database.
Browse (view the database in a tabular format). Browse (view the database in a tabular format).

Form Design Buttons

Insert group box. Insert group box.
Insert text box. Insert text box.
Rename form. Rename form.
Index tabs. Index tabs.
Save form. Save form.

 

QUICK START STEPS

The steps below allow the user to start data entry and crash typing. Subsequently, the user will be able to generate reports and export the data to Excel for more sophisticated analyses. The countermeasures included in the software may be accessed at any time and do not require data in the system (See chapter 9.). To fully understand all the features of the software, the user is advised to read the entire manual before creating a robust data system.

 

Step 1–Create New Database

Click on Preferences within the File menu to access the application preferences for PBCAT. On the Data Sources tab, click Create New, which will open the window shown in figure 3. The new database can be modeled after the default database (PBCAT.MDB) or other existing database that has been developed for Version 2.0 of the application. Select the appropriate option in Step 1 on the screen.

 

Creating a new database begins with a click on Create New on the Data Sources tab within Preferences.

Figure 3. Image. Step 1.

 

Click Browse in Step 2 to name the new database and choose the location where it will reside, as shown in figure 4. . Enter the file name and click Save. The window shown in figure 4 will close. Click Create in the previous window, and the database will be saved as an Access database with the extension .MDB.

 

Use the Save As window to choose the destination, name the file, and save it.

Figure 4. Image. Step 2.

 

Step 2–Select Database and Forms

The newly created database will appear in the list of available databases under the Data Sources tab (See figure 5.). Highlight the new database within that window and click Set Default Database. Next, select the forms to be used for pedestrian crash entry and bicyclist crash entry from the dropdown list of available forms. Some databases may contain a single form, while others may include multiple forms. The application default database (PBCAT.MDB) contains multiple forms. Refer to chapter 5 to learn how to create new forms. Click Save to save these changes andExit to return to the main screen. The other options available on this tab and the other tabs are described in more detail in chapter 4.

 

The Data Sources tab is also used to set the default database for data entry and choose the default data entry forms for pedestrian and bicyclist crashes

Figure 5. Image. Set default database and choose default data entry forms.

 

Step 3–Enter Data

Click on either the Pedestrian or Bicyclist button on the toolbar to open a data entry form (shown in figure 6) and begin entering data. Use the buttons previously described to create and save records and to access the crash typing application within the software.

 

A data entry form is opened with a click on the pedestrian or bicyclist button on the toolbar.

Figure 6. Image. Step 3.

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