Multi-Method Investigation of Pedestrian Safety Impacts of Right Turn Lanes

Principal Investigator(s):

Curtis Craig, Research Associate, Mechanical Engineering


  • Nichole Morris, Director, Human Factors Safety Lab, Mechanical Engineering

Project summary:

Dedicated right-turn lanes reduce traffic delays on urban roads and typically result in a reduction in motor vehicle crashes for both urban and rural roadways. However, the impact of dedicated right-turn lanes on pedestrian safety is relatively understudied. The objective of this project is to study the relationship between right-turn lanes, pedestrian safety, and pedestrian crash risk. The safety consequences to pedestrians will be assessed by looking at available research, crash data, and observable human behavior in right-turn lanes both on urban roads in Minnesota and in a safe, simulated environment. This study will add value by fostering livable communities through developing recommended guidelines for the installation of right-turn lanes that incorporate/consider their impacts on pedestrian safety.

Project details:

  • Project number: 2022018
  • Start date: 06/2021
  • Project status: Active
  • Research area: Transportation Safety and Traffic Flow
  • Topics: Pedestrian, Safety