Pedestrian Safety Class Offered in Hilo

Media Release:

The Traffic Division of the Department of Public Works and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) will host a public education workshop on designing streets for pedestrian safety with a focus on “enhancing pedestrian crossings.” The all-day class is set for Tuesday, March 16, in Hilo at the Aupuni Conference room of the County’s Kaiko`o office complex.

Peter Eun, a safety engineer, and Craig Allred, a transportation specialist assigned to the FHWA Resource Center’s Safety & Design Team, who assist with designing and planning pedestrian safety programs nation-wide, will conduct the workshop.

The workshop curriculum will cover best practices and research applied to planning and designing roadways and U.S. standards for pedestrian safety at crosswalks. Eun & Allred will share research by the Transportation Research Board (TRB).  The workshop will also discuss sidewalks, human behavior of both drivers and pedestrians, the latest guidelines of marked versus unmarked crosswalks, lighting, new technology in improving safety at crossings, innovative techniques for pedestrian signals, road diets, and proper designs for roundabouts…

The State of Hawaii is one of five “Focus States” selected by the FHWA to develop a pedestrian safety strategic plan.  Expertise and technical assistance to develop the plan is provided by the FHWA at no cost to the County said Department of Public Works Director Warren Lee.

The pedestrian safety class is free of charge and will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with a lunch break. Consultants, engineers, state and county staff are encouraged to participate. For additional information, call Community Outreach at the Department of Public Works, 961-8787.

For more information about FHWA or the Transportation Research Board, go to safety. www.Fhwa.dot.gov or www.trb.org/ for educational material on traffic safety, go to http://dpw.co.hawaii.hi.us/ and click on traffic.

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