July 22


Ped GuidebookThe Local Road Research Board in Minnesota hired Bolton & Menk (in collaboration with several agencies and a long list of practitioners) to put together a new Guidebook for when to install pedestrian crossing treatments at uncontrolled locations (no stop signs, signals, roundabouts, etc).  There’s also guidance on which treatments to use.

The guidebook lays out an easy to use 11 step process (even though the flow chart is a little busy at first glance).  The team used the pedestrian chapter in the 2010 Highway Capacity Manual as the starting point, but worked in best practices from Federal Highway Administration, the Minnesota Department of Transportation, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, and the Transportation Research Board.  And the best part – they iterated/validated the process in the guidebook with videos of existing pedestrian crossings.

I recommend you use the guidebook the next time you’re working with an uncontrolled pedestrian crossing.

Download the Guidebook Here

You can also check out the page to see a few other resources

They also put together a useful spreadsheet that implements the Pedestrian Level of Service (LOS) at Uncontrolled Crossing Locations Intersection and Mid-Block Crossings methodology from the 2010 Highway Capacity Manual – Download the Spreadsheet Here.

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Mike Spack

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