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Project Information
Project ID:   FHWA-PROJ-12-0068
Project Name:   Evaluation of Pedestrian Hybrid Beacons and Rapid Flashing Beacons
Project Status:   Active
Start Date:  October 1, 2012
End Date:  March 31, 2016
Contact Information
Last Name:  Do
First Name:  Ann
Telephone:  202-493-3319
E-mail:  ann.do@dot.gov
Office:   Office of Safety Research and Development
Team:   Human Factors Team [HRDS-30]
Program:   Safety Innovation Deployment
Project detail
Roadmap/Focus area(s):   Pedestrians and Bicyclists
Project Description:   The goal of this project is to evaluate selected pedestrian crossing treatments by gathering and providing potential users' information about the performance of these treatments.
(1) Determine pedestrian and driver opinions and preferences regarding pedestrian hybrid beacons using surveys and operational tradeoffs of installing the device at varying locations using simulation.
(2) Identify the optimal number and combination of rectangular and circular rapid flashing beacon’s characteristics, such as flash pattern/sequence, intensity, size, shape, and positioning by using a combination of techniques, such as detection distance and motorist yielding compliance.
(3) Determine the safety effectiveness of raised crosswalks through the development of a crash modification factor.
Product Type:   Article
Research report
Technical report
Test Methodology:   Basic research
Expected Benefits:   Safety for pedestrians crossing crosswalks.
Deliverables: Name: Final Report.
Product Type(s): Research report, Article, Technical report
Description: Final technical report.
FHWA Topics:   Safety--Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety
TRT Terms:   Pedestrians
Midblock Crossings
FHWA Disciplines:   Safety
Subject Areas:   Pedestrians and Bicyclists


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