Understanding Pedestrian Behavior and Safety in Rural Communities
Principal Investigator(s):Greg Lindsey, Professor, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
- John Hourdos, Former Research Associate Professor, Civil, Environmental and Geo-Engineering
Many people in rural Minnesota, especially residents of Tribal reservations, walk and bike to destinations and experience risk when crossing or moving along high-speed roadways. This project builds on previous research (i.e., Phase 1) to quantify safety concerns and identify countermeasures on four rural reservations in Minnesota. The objectives of this Phase 2 project are to:
(a) Complete field investigations and identify safety concerns at multiple rural sites, including locations on reservations;
(b) Evaluate countermeasures that are being installed at Phase 1 sites in response to previous research; and
(c) Evaluate countermeasures installed in response to Phase 2 investigations.
- Technical support for MnDOT-led efforts to engage the Technical Advisory Panel (TAP) and the Advisory Council on Tribal Transportation (ACTT) in selection of new, Phase 2 study sites;
- Development of Phase 2 monitoring plans;
- Implementation of monitoring;
- Development and evaluation of countermeasures for Phase 2 sites; and
- Evaluation of countermeasures installed at Phase 1 sites, including an experiment to quantify driver reaction to the presence of pedestrians on rural roadways.