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2020 N A T I O N A L C O O P E R A T I V E H I G H W A Y R E S E A R C H P R O G R A M NCHRP RESEARCH REPORT 948 Guide for Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety at Alternative and Other Intersections and Interchanges Kittelson & AssociAtes, inc. Wilmington, NC i n a s s o c i at i o n w i t h institute for trAnsportAtion reseArch And educAtion Raleigh, NC toole design group Silver Spring, MD Accessible design for the blind Asheville, NC Ats AmericAs Rockville, MD Subscriber Categories Design â¢ Pedestrians and Bicyclists â¢ Safety and Human Factors Research sponsored by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration
NATIONAL COOPERATIVE HIGHWAY RESEARCH PROGRAM Systematic, well-designed, and implementable research is the most effective way to solve many problems facing state departments of transportation (DOTs) administrators and engineers. Often, highway problems are of local or regional interest and can best be studied by state DOTs individually or in cooperation with their state universities and others. However, the accelerating growth of highway transporta- tion results in increasingly complex problems of wide interest to high- way authorities. These problems are best studied through a coordinated program of cooperative research. Recognizing this need, the leadership of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) in 1962 ini- tiated an objective national highway research program using modern scientific techniquesâthe National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP). 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C O O P E R A T I V E R E S E A R C H P R O G R A M S CRP STAFF FOR NCHRP RESEARCH REPORT 948 Christopher J. Hedges, Director, Cooperative Research Programs Lori L. Sundstrom, Deputy Director, Cooperative Research Programs William C. Rogers, Senior Program Officer Jarrel McAffee, Senior Program Assistant Eileen P. Delaney, Director of Publications Natalie Barnes, Associate Director of Publications NCHRP PROJECT 07-25 PANEL Field of TrafficâArea of Traffic Planning Brian J. Walsh, Washington State Department of Transportation, Olympia, WA (Chair) Stephen K. Bryan, Tennessee Department of Transportation, Nashville, TN Rachel A. Carpenter, California Department of Transportation, Sacramento, CA Joseph E. Hummer, North Carolina Department of Transportation, Raleigh, NC Mandar Khanal, Boise State University, Boise, ID Carissa Dale McQuiston, Michigan Department of Transportation, Lansing, MI Kenneth Mora, Texas Department of Transportation, Austin, TX Elise Ross, Connecticut Department of Transportation, Newington, CT Hua Xiang, Maryland Department of Transportation, Hanover, MD Brooke Struve, FHWA Liaison Bernardo B. Kleiner, TRB Liaison AUTHOR ACKNOWLEDGMENTS The research reported herein was performed under NCHRP Project 07-25 by Kittelson & Associates, Inc.; Institute for Transportation Research and Education; Toole Design Group; Accessible Design for the Blind; and ATS Americas. Kittelson & Associates, Inc., was the contractor for this study. The work undertaken by other project team members occurred under subcontracts with Kittelson & Associates, Inc. Dr. Bastian Schroeder, P.E., Principal Engineer, Kittelson & Associates, Inc., was the principal investigator. Lee Rodegerdts, P.E., Principal Engineer, Kittelson & Associates, Inc., was project principal. The other authors of this report are Dr. Zachary Bugg, P.E., Senior Engineer, Kittelson & Associates, Inc.; Pete Jenior, P.E., P.T.O.E., Senior Engineer, Kittelson & Associates, Inc.; Shannon Warchol, P.E., Senior Engineer, Kittelson & Associates, Inc.; Mike Alston, Engineering Associate, Kittelson & Associates, Inc.; Dr. Ashley Haire, P.E., Project Engineer, Toole Design Group; Janet Barlow, C.O.M.S., Principal, Accessible Design for the Blind; and Gilbert Chlewicki, P.E., Director, ATS Americas. The project team acknowledges others who played significant roles in the project, including Jeremy Chrzan, P.E., P.T.O.E., Toole Design Group; Bill Schultheiss, P.E., Toole Design Group; Chris Cunningham, P.E., Institute for Transportation Research and Education; and Kyle Wurtz, Institute for Transportation Research and Education. The project team acknowledges the contributions of an invited panel of experts, including Brad Steckler, Indiana DOT; Steve King, Kansas DOT; Jody Colvin, Louisiana DOT; Cedric Ward, Maryland DOT; Andy Paul, Massachusetts DOT; Jim Rosenow, Minnesota DOT; Joshua Scott, Missouri DOT; Dirk Gross, Ohio DOT; Lori Lange, Tennessee DOT; Darren McDaniel, Texas DOT; and Joe Koscinski, Virginia DOT. Finally, the research team acknowledges the guidance, support, and inspiration provided by the NCHRP Project 07-25 Panel Chair and Panel Members throughout the course of the project and research efforts.
NCHRP Research Report 948: Guide for Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety at Alternative and Other Intersections and Interchanges provides specific guidance for four common Alternative Intersections and Interchanges (A.I.I.s): Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI), Restricted Crossing U-Turn (RCUT), Median U-Turn (MUT), and Displaced Left-Turn (DLT). In addi- tion, the guide provides a principles-based approach that is applicable to any A.I.I. or conventional intersection form, including new A.I.I. forms not yet developed. A.I.I.s are designs that improve operations and safety for motorized traffic by strategically adjusting the geometric features at a given location, working on the general principle of redis- tributing motor vehicle demand at an intersection in an attempt to limit the need to add capacity with new lanes to improve traffic flow. These designs may involve reversing traffic lanes from their traditional directions, which may introduce confusion and create safety issues for pedestrians and bicyclists. In addition, pedestrian paths and bicycle facilities may cross through islands or take different routes than expected. These new designs are likely to require additional information for drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians as well as better accommoda- tions for pedestrians and bicyclists, including pedestrians with disabilities. A central concern with A.I.I.s is how to provide information to pedestrians, bicyclists, and drivers about the direction of car traffic, pedestrian crossing, and bicycle facilities, par- ticularly when those new intersection designs feature unfamiliar traffic flows and patterns. The concern is acute for visually impaired pedestrians, who require information about the alignment of crosswalks, signal controls, crossing times, direction of traffic, and direction through islands. Under NCHRP Project 07-25, Guide for Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety at Alternative Inter- sections and Interchanges (A.I.I.), Kittelson & Associates was tasked with developing a guide to help transportation practitioners improve and integrate pedestrian and bicycle safety considerations at A.I.I.s through planning, design, and operational treatments. The guide (1) identifies and evaluates current practices, and emerging technologies and trends, in the United States and internationally; (2) describes current best practices for measuring the effectiveness of such A.I.I. treatments; (3) evaluates the safety and operational outcomes of specific A.I.I. treatments; and (4) identifies and ranks treatments for typical types of projects. F O R E W O R D By William C. Rogers Staff Officer Transportation Research Board
1-1 Chapter 1 Introduction 1-1 1.1 Objective and Scope of Guide 1-2 1.2 Overview of Alternative Intersections and Interchanges 1-6 1.3 Design and Evaluation Process 1-9 1.4 Organization of Guide 1-10 1.5 References 2-1 Chapter 2 Pedestrians 2-1 2.1 Characteristics of Pedestrians 2-7 2.2 Traversing 2-7 2.3 Wayfinding 2-10 2.4 Crossing 2-11 2.5 Design Principles for Pedestrian Facilities 2-14 2.6 References 3-1 Chapter 3 Bicycles 3-1 3.1 Characteristics of Bicyclists 3-3 3.2 Types of Bicycle Facilities 3-6 3.3 Selecting a Bikeway Type and Width 3-10 3.4 Design Principles for Bicycle Facilities 3-15 3.5 References 4-1 Chapter 4 Assessment 4-1 4.1 Facility Design Selection â ICE Stage 1 4-3 4.2 Quantitative Performance Measures â ICE Stages 1 and 2 4-7 4.3 Operational Analysis â ICE Stage 2 4-8 4.4 Design Flag Assessment 4-46 4.5 Design Flag Assessment Scoring Sheets 4-49 4.6 References 5-1 Chapter 5 Generalized Design Treatments 5-1 5.1 General Segment Treatments 5-4 5.2 General Intersection Treatments 5-12 5.3 General Crossing Treatments 5-19 5.4 Design Flag Treatments and Techniques 5-23 5.5 References 6-1 Chapter 6 Median U-Turn (MUT) Intersections 6-1 6.1 Introduction 6-2 6.2 Multimodal Operations 6-7 6.3 Safety and Comfort Characteristics 6-12 6.4 MUT Intersection-Level Concepts 6-18 6.5 Detailed Design Techniques 6-19 6.6 References C O N T E N T S
7-1 Chapter 7 Restricted Crossing U-Turn (RCUT) Intersections 7-1 7.1 Introduction 7-2 7.2 Multimodal Operations 7-6 7.3 Safety and Comfort 7-9 7.4 RCUT Intersection-Level Concepts 7-17 7.5 Detailed Design Techniques 7-23 7.6 References 8-1 Chapter 8 Displaced Left-Turn (DLT) Intersections 8-1 8.1 Introduction 8-1 8.2 Multimodal Operations 8-7 8.3 Safety and Comfort 8-13 8.4 DLT Intersection-Level Concepts 8-20 8.5 Detailed Design Techniques 8-25 8.6 References 9-1 Chapter 9 Diverging Diamond Interchanges (DDIs) 9-1 9.1 Introduction 9-1 9.2 Multimodal Operations 9-7 9.3 Safety and Comfort 9-13 9.4 DDI Level Concepts 9-20 9.5 Detailed Design Techniques 9-24 9.6 References