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Implementing the Safe System Approach: Emerging Assessment Tools, Policies, and Technologies

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The Safe System Approach encompasses safe roads, safe road users, safe speeds, safe vehicles, and post-crash care – all with a shared responsibility to meet the goal of zero severe injuries and fatalities on our roadways. This session presented emerging Safe System practices and considerations for autonomous vehicles, intersection assessment and control evaluation, and proactive risk measurement through data analytics.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe how to use the Intersection Control Evaluation (ICE) process to identify safer solutions earlier in the project development process, and provide consistent consideration and proper documentation regarding decisions leading to the selection of a preferred alternative.
  • Explain how to assess the circumstances of crashes at intersections and make recommendations such that the kinetic energy imposed on the human body be kept at levels that are tolerable in terms of survivability and degree of harm.
  • Identify how safety analytics can be used to measure high-risk road user behaviors, and how to combine findings from safety analytics with the safe system methodology to more effectively reduce crashes.
  • Understand the main safety benefits and risks related to the AV-active transportation interface, and how AVs may advance or hinder Vision Zero/Safe System policies and approaches.
  • Jeff Shaw, Intersection Safety Program Manager, FHWA Office of Safety
    • Evolving the ICE Process to Implement Safe System Solutions
  • R.J. Porter, Highway Safety Engineer, VHB
    • A Safe System-Based Framework and Analytical Method for Assessing Intersections
  • Andrew Janzen, CEO, Street Simplified
    • Using Proactive Safety Analytics to Identify Safe System Solutions
  • Eleanor Leshner, Senior Transportation Planner, Fehr & Peers
PDH/CM Credits Available: 1.5
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  • Moderator: Samuel Harris, P.E., State Safety Engineering Manager, Georgia Department of Transportation

  • Jeff Shaw, Intersection Safety Program Manager, FHWA Office of Safety

    Jeffrey Shaw serves as the Intersection Safety Program Manager for the Federal Highway Administration, Office of Safety. In this role, he manages programs, projects and products of National interest that are intended to enhance intersection safety. Prior to joining FHWA, Jeff worked for the Illinois Department of Transportation and as a consulting engineer. He is a registered professional engineer in Illinois and a board-certified Professional Traffic Operations Engineer and Road Safety Professional. He is a past Chair of the ITE Transportation Safety Council and currently serves as co-Chair of the TRB Performance Effects of Geometric Design Committee.

  • R.J. Porter, Highway Safety Engineer, VHB

    Dr. R.J. Porter joined VHB’s Raleigh office as a Highway Safety Engineer in January 2017; he was previously the director of the transportation engineering group in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Utah. He has more than 20 years of experience leading and supporting NCHRP, FHWA, USDOT RITA, SHRP2, and State DOT contracts. Dr. Porter has served as principal investigator or project manager for more than $14 million in contract research work spanning performance-based planning, programming, and design; road safety; traffic operations; and user performance and behavior. His work has resulted in more than 80 published papers, research reports, and practitioner guidelines documents, as well as over 80 technical and outreach presentations in the United States and abroad. R.J. served as the first chair of the TRB Subcommittee on Performance-Based Analysis from 2007 through 2016, leading efforts to advance performance-based analysis in project development, identifying successful case studies, and developing future research needs. His most recent work advances emerging areas in road safety, including safe system approaches, automated vehicles, transportation systems management and operations, short-term crash prediction, and surrogate measures of safety.

  • Andrew Janzen, CEO, Street Simplified

    Andrew Janzen is the CEO and co-founder of Street Simplified. STREET offers proactive and data-driven safety analytics with leading data accuracy, comprehensive near miss and road user behavior assessment, and customized safety findings. STREET has helped 16 agencies in 5 states solve crash problems at 66 locations and counting. Andrew received a Masters in Electrical Engineering with honors from California Institute of Technology in 2016 and subsequently worked on microwave and optical space communications at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory before co-founding STREET.

  • Eleanor Leshner, Senior Transportation Planner, Fehr & Peers

    As Fehr & Peers’ Automated Vehicle Policy & Safety Lead, Eleanor Leshner conducts original research to better assist clients in preparing for an AV future. Her experience in safety analysis, active transportation planning, and AV readiness planning have helped her to develop a multi-faceted understanding of the AV/safety interface. She is dedicated to making an impact, helping communities tackle complex challenges, and contributing to the public realm. Eleanor completed her dual Masters of Transportation Engineering and City Planning at University of California, Berkeley.

March 24, 2021
Wed 4:00 PM EDT

Duration 1H 30M

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