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Publication Number: FHWA-HRT-10-068
Date: November 2010

Crosswalk Marking Field Visibility Study

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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 the countermeasures reduced fatalities and injuries or increased appropriate driving behaviors. In this study, the detection distances to different crosswalk marking patterns were evaluated using field tests.

This report will interest engineers, planners, and other practitioners who have an interest in implementing pedestrian and bicycle treatments as well as city, State, and local authorities who have a shared responsibility for public safety.

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