Understanding Pedestrian Travel Behavior and Safety in Rural Settings
Greg Lindsey, Professor, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
- John Hourdos, Director, MN Traffic Observatory, Civil, Environmental and Geo-Engineering
MnDOT is conducting a research and implementation project to increase understanding of pedestrian travel behavior and safety in rural settings. The project involves working with priority populations identified in Minnesota Walks: Current and Future Steps towards a Walkable Minnesota. Minnesota's Native American population is among the priority populations. The Advocacy Council for Tribal Transportation (ACTT) represents the tribes and advocates on their behalf for improvements in transportation systems. At the ACCT meeting in April 2016, five tribes expressed interest in participating in the project and subsequently provided feedback to MnDOT about locations where studies of pedestrian behavior could address safety concerns. This project involves collaboration with the tribes to assess pedestrian safety at five locations, monitor pedestrian traffic at selected locations, and develop recommendations for countermeasures to address safety concerns at the selected locations. The project also includes development and delivery of an online course in non-motorized traffic monitoring in collaboration with rural tribal and community colleges.