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Tools for Advancing Vision Zero and the Safe System Approach

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Communities continue to advance safety through the use of innovative new tools and strategies that promote the concepts of vision zero. This session demonstrates the successful application of several new safety analysis tools including crash prediction models and the use of leading pedestrian intervals.

Learning Objectives:

  • Demonstrate the statewide implementation of new safety analysis tools successfully used to identify countermeasures and prioritize proactive safety improvements
  • Examine engineering-based improvements such as leading pedestrian intervals to reduce crash risk for pedestrians at signalized intersections
  • Learn techniques for minimizing pedestrian and bicyclist related intersection crashes and identifying countermeasures through discussion of two new NCHRP and FHWA safety resources

Moderator: Jeff Riegner, P.E., AICP, PTOE, Vice President, Whitman, Requardt & Associates

Presentation Titles & Speakers:
  • Striving for Zero Fatalities Using a Suite of Safety Analysis Tools in Utah”, Grant Schultz, Ph.D, P.E., PTOE, Professor, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
  • Proven Safety Countermeasures - The Federal Highway Administration's Next Round”, Michael Griffith, RSP2, Director, Office of Safety Technologies, Federal Highway Administration, Washington, District of Columbia
  • “Improving Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety at Intersections”, Krista Nordback, Ph.D, P.E., Senior Research Associate, UNC Highway Safety Research Center, Boulder, Colorado and Bill Schultheiss, P.E., Vice President, Toole Design, Silver Spring, Maryland
  • Safety Assessment of Leading Pedestrian Intervals on Vehicle-Pedestrian Interactions Using Video Analytics”, Darcy Akers, P.E., Senior Transportation Engineer, City of Bellevue - Transportation Department, Bellevue, Washington and Mark Bandy, Regional Solutions Leader – Transportation Planning, Jacobs, Seattle, Washington

Contributors

  • Moderator: Jeff Riegner, P.E., AICP, PTOE, Vice President, Whitman, Requardt & Associates

  • Grant Schultz, Ph.D, P.E., PTOE, Professor, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah

    Dr. Grant Schultz is a Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Brigham Young University. He holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Civil Engineering from Brigham Young University, and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University. Dr. Schultz has been at Brigham Young University for the past 17 years. In addition to teaching the introduction to transportation engineering course, Dr. Schultz teaches courses in traffic engineering, transportation site planning, and global leadership, and has taught study abroad courses in China and Europe. He also performs research in the areas of traffic operations, traffic safety, incident management, connected vehicle technologies, and access management. He has 3 years of research experience with the Texas Transportation Institute, as well as 7 years of consulting engineering experience in traffic and transportation engineering with The Sear-Brown Group and Keller Associates. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in the state of Utah and is a Professional Traffic Operations Engineer. Dr. Schultz is the past Chair of the ITE Transportation Education Council, is a member of the TRB Standing Committee on Safety Performance and Analysis and is Chair of the TRB Standing Committee on Access Management.

  • Krista Nordback, Ph.D, P.E., Senior Research Associate, UNC Highway Safety Research Center, Boulder, Colorado

    Krista Nordback is a senior research associate, with a decade of experience in bicycle and pedestrian safety. Her doctoral dissertation developed a new method for estimating bicycle traffic and provided one of the first safety performance functions for bicyclists at signalized intersections in the U.S. She researched non-motorized traffic counting technologies and programs for Colorado, Washington, Michigan, and Oregon State DOTs and led a team that created a national online bicycle and pedestrian count data archive. She serves on TRB’s Highway Traffic Monitoring and Bicycle Transportation Committees and was principal investigator for NCHRP 15-63 Guidance to Improve Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety at Intersections.

  • Darcy Akers, P.E., Senior Transportation Engineer, City of Bellevue - Transportation Department, Bellevue, Washington

    Darcy Akers, PE, is a Senior Transportation Engineer for the City of Bellevue, WA. She graduated from the University of Washington with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering in 2015. She part of Bellevue’s Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) team and her works includes timing and programming adaptive traffic signals, traffic data management, collision reduction analysis, and more. Darcy is currently serving as Vice President of the Washington Section of ITE.

  • Bill Schultheiss, P.E., Vice President, Toole Design, Silver Spring, Maryland

    Bill Schultheiss is the Director of Design and Engineering for Toole Design Group overseeing a talented mix of Civil Engineers, Landscape Architects, and Transportation Engineers located throughout North America. He ensures the staff have the training and support to design multimodal streets which improve safety and enhance the livability of the community. He leverages his roadway design experience to inform his work on numerous industry standard street design guides including the AASHTO Bicycle Guide, the Green Book, the MUTCD, and the groundbreaking Massachusetts DOT Separated Bike Lane Guide. He is a 1998 graduate of Northeastern University where he studied Civil and Environmental Engineering in Boston and is a license Professional Engineer in 24 states.

  • Michael Griffith, RSP2, Director, Office of Safety Technologies, Federal Highway Administration, Washington, District of Columbia

    Michael Griffith, RSP1, RSP2, has worked for the United States Department of Transportation for 31 years as a senior leader for various highway safety programs. His mission to save lives on the nation’s highways. Michael currently serves as Federal Highway Administration’s Director of the Office of Safety Technologies. He provides national leadership for safety technologies and countermeasures and policy initiatives. He currently serves as TRB’s Safety and Operations group chair. Michael has led several international efforts including the development of the World Road Association’s Road Safety Manual.

  • Mark Bandy, Regional Solutions Leader – Transportation Planning, Jacobs, Seattle, Washington

    Mark Bandy is a Senior Transportation Consultant and Regional Solutions Lead with Jacobs, providing high-quality transportation solutions by leveraging subject matter experts across the company’s global network. Mark’s values are aimed at seeking an integrated and safe multimodal transportation system, built upon his many years of experience at the City of Seattle and Washington State transportation departments. At both agencies, his work on projects, operations, and policies spanned a wide range of transportation modes, technologies, and complexity.

July 22, 2021
Thu 11:00 AM EDT

Duration 1H 30M

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