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Publication Number:  FHWA-HRT-17-107    Date:  March 2018
Publication Number: FHWA-HRT-17-107
Date: March 2018


Identification of High Pedestrian Crash Locations



One of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT’s) top priorities is the improvement of pedestrian and bicyclist safety. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) promotes safe, comfortable, and convenient walking for people of all ages and abilities. Part of this effort has been to encourage a data-driven approach to identifying and mitigating safety problems.

An initial step in reducing the frequency of pedestrian crashes is identifying where they occur or where there is a concern they are likely to occur. Once locations with a large number of pedestrian crashes or with a safety concern for pedestrians have been identified, appropriate treatments can be selected and installed.


The objective of this FHWA research was to document methods used to identify or prioritize high pedestrian crash sites or areas. Using the information gathered as part of this research, the research team developed a best practice document, Guidebook on Identification of High Pedestrian Crash Locations (henceforward referred to as “the Guidebook”),which can assist State and local agencies in identifying high pedestrian crash locations, corridors, and zones.(1)


The research was conducted in a series of tasks as follows:


This report includes the following chapters:



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