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Publication Number: FHWA-HRT-10-042
Date: July 2010

Safety Effectiveness of the HAWK Pedestrian Crossing Treatment

FHWA Contact: Ann Do,
HRDS-06, (202) 493-3319, ann.do@fhwa.dot.gov

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The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Research Program's overall goal is to increase pedestrian and bicycle safety and mobility. From better and safer crosswalks, sidewalks, and pedestrian technologies to growing educational and safety programs, the program strives to make it safer and easier for pedestrians, bicyclists, and drivers to share roadways in the future.

This study was part of a larger FHWA study to quantify the effectiveness of engineering countermeasures in improving safety and operations for pedestrians and bicyclists. The project focused on existing and new engineering countermeasures for pedestrians and bicyclists that have not yet been comprehensively evaluated in terms of effectiveness. This effort involved data collection and analysis to determine whether these countermeasures reduced fatalities and injuries or increased appropriate driving behaviors. In this study, the safety effectiveness of the High intensity Activated crossWalK (HAWK) pedestrian beacon was evaluated using a before-after empirical Bayes (EB) approach.

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