Research shows that while U.S. roads are becoming safer for drivers, they’re getting more dangerous for pedestrians. The statistics indicate most fatalities occur in urban areas and particularly at intersections, with a significant increase at night.
Findings of the report suggest that a lack of sufficient lighting at crosswalks and intersections is one of the primary factors that leads to incidents between pedestrians/cyclists and motorists. This report was created to highlight the issues surrounding road safety, specifically pedestrian and cyclist safety at crosswalks, and to examine potential lighting solutions to this problem.
Typically, crashes involve some combination of driver behavior, an unexpected event, or an existing unsafe condition (within which we may categorize lighting). This report explores crashes and near-crashes, and considers what lighting can do to help drivers, pedestrians and cyclists alike.