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Within the past decade, communities across the US have adopted Complete Streets policies that outline infrastructure improvements supportive of active transportation modes, such as traffic calming measures, bike lanes or safer pedestrian crossings. The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the need to create safe spaces for active modes, both for recreational and commuting trips. It also provided an opportunity for communities to implement temporary initiatives, such as Slow Streets, to reclaim more space for people instead of vehicles. However, despite these programs and lower traffic volumes during the pandemic, vehicle-related collisions and fatalities continue to rise throughout the country—with speed remaining a major factor. Beyond crash data, planners need empirical data about where bicycle and pedestrian trips are taking place. Armed with this data, they can target potential hotspots before incidents occur, and develop solutions that will further Vision Zero goals of eliminating serious injuries and fatalities.
In their presentation, Pam Cruz and Ted Reinhold from StreetLight Data will outline a data-driven, multimodal approach for prioritizing transportation projects supportive of safety, mobility, and equity for all travelers. The presenters will demonstrate how metrics derived from smartphone devices can be used to identify patterns and volumes of bicycle, pedestrian, and vehicle trips to develop crash risk exposure models. The presentation will also cover before/after studies to assess the impacts and effectiveness (e.g., reduced vehicle speeds) of enacted safety countermeasures. Finally, the presentation will explore how a data-driven approach can be used to identify which communities are impacted by a proposed infrastructure improvement, as well as to ensure an inclusive planning process and equitable distribution of benefits. By the end of the presentation, attendees will have a greater understanding of how multimodal metrics derived from smartphone devices can assist planners in improving safety and developing Complete Streets that positively impact communities.
- Identify innovative applications and best practices for complete streets projects that support safety, mobility, and equity for all travelers
- Explore new tools available for performing data-driven, multimodal analyses
- Assess impacts and effectiveness of enacted safety countermeasures
- Ted Reinhold, Senior Solutions Engineer at StreetLight Data
- Pam Cruz, Senior Northeast Regional Territory Manager at StreetLight Data