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Title:Adapting Safety Audits for Small Cities
Authors:Keith Haiar and Eugene Wilson
Publication Date:Sep 1998
Report #:MPC-98-96A
Project #:MPC-144
TRID #:00756485
Keywords:auditing, local government, regional transportation, safety and security, safety programs, small cities, traffic engineering, transportation safety
Type:Research Report – MPC Publications

 

Abstract

In this research, a practical approach to identifying street safety needs for local governments has been developed. These governments are responsible for high street mileage carrying relatively low traffic volumes. Improving safety on these streets is given only limited focus in most small cities. Due to the limited funding, manpower, and traffic engineering expertise available, traditional safety improvement programs generally are beyond the means of the agencies. An effective safety program must recognize the reality of local governments. A regional survey was conducted to examine current methods and practices used by city traffic safety programs. Results from the survey were used in development of the prototype Street Safety Audit procedure. A set of simple checklists covering fundamental intersection and traffic sign issues also were developed from this research. The Street Safety Audit procedure presented is a useful tool for small cities to begin addressing basic safety needs on their streets.

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