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Thursday, November 9 • 9:45am - 10:15am
Assessing Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety

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The Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Study was conducted to identify high-crash corridors and intersections within the LAPC planning area and recommend countermeasures to improve safety for bicyclists and pedestrians in those areas. Crashes are analyzed as a matter of course when corridor studies are conducted, but crashes are generally broken down as rear-end crashes, angle crashes, left-turn crashes, etc. Vulnerable users are mostly considered only in bicycle and pedestrian safety and modal plans. The study relied heavily on motor vehicle crash and count data obtained from the state DOTs and bicycle and pedestrian crossing count data obtained by LAPC staff. In order to compare intersections with varying attributes, a formula was developed to assign a crash value to each intersection. The result was that one of our major north-south facilities — Hwy. 35/West Ave., which was reconstructed in 2008 for traffic safety reasons — is now one of the least safe facilities for bicyclists and pedestrians. While the number of motor vehicle crashes decreased by 11 percent between the five years prior to the project (2003-2007) and the five years of this study (2011- 2015), bicycle and pedestrian crashes increased 36 percent. This facility also includes five of the six identified high-crash intersections for bicyclists and pedestrians in the region.

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Thursday November 9, 2017 9:45am - 10:15am PST

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