From the Penn State University website:
“UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Pedestrian and cyclists’ safety in community settings will be the topic of a web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension at noon July 15.
The 90-minute session addresses an important issue. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Center for Statistics and Analysis, the number of pedestrians and cyclists killed each year is growing.
Research conducted by the federal agency shows that while there has been a decline in people killed “inside the vehicle” in accidents from 1996 to 2018, there has been an increase in people killed “outside the vehicle” in accidents during that same time period, including pedestrians and cyclists.
Presenting the 75-minute webinar will be Patrick Wright, traffic engineer with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s Local Technical Assistance Program.
“There are safety issues including traffic volume and speed that impact pedestrians in our communities,” he said. “How we manage traffic volume and speed on our local roads directly impacts pedestrian safety.”
The webinar will present an overview of several Local Technical Assistance Program classes related to pedestrian safety. The first part of the webinar will discuss safety statistics, speeding issues on local roads and some speed-management steps. The second part will present an overview of planning for pedestrians, including what municipal officials should be aware of in their plans, codes, ordinances and transportation plans.
The third part of the webinar will discuss crosswalks and proven safety countermeasures that communities can consider for their crosswalks.
This webinar, titled “Pedestrians: Safety, Speed, and Crosswalks,” is the first in Penn State Extension’s Summer/Fall 2020 Land-Use Webinar Series that runs through November…”