Safety

Safe, healthy, and equitable mobility for all is our core driving philosophy in developing transportation safety plans and programs.

Safety

Safe, healthy, and equitable mobility for all is our core driving philosophy in developing transportation safety plans and programs.

When we design safety plans and strategies in partnership with our clients, we identify hot spot and systemic improvements that are both responsive and proactive in addressing safety across a local community. We also understand the importance of being on the cutting edge of current and emerging safety guidelines and regulations in a changing world. As safety awareness grows and evolves, communities will need to create and address new and emerging regulations and guidelines. We help clients unpack, understand, and undertake these complex efforts and initiatives, such as Local Roadway Safety Plans (LRSPs) and Systemic Safety Analysis Reports (SSARs). Going beyond the planning, we also know that developing a safety plan is just a first step. We work with our clients in assembling competitive grant proposals to help fund their projects and improvements.

Our experience with Vision Zero runs deep. In addition to coauthoring the Vision Zero Core Elements Guide, our Vision Zero work is featured in multiple presentations and has garnered numerous awards and honors. We have helped multiple communities launch and maintain successful Vision Zero safety programs by developing a process of critical steps for practical implementation, and then providing support and technical assistance through that phase. For more information, please view our Vision Zero Process.

Layered Networks

Layered Networks

Learn how various modal layers can be overlaid to create a logical roadway network that can realistically and safely accommodate all travel modes.
Intelligent Transportation Systems

Intelligent Transportation Systems

Learn how forward-thinking cities include ITS elements to evolve into smart cities — an urban area that uses technology to derive data and improve quality of life for all.
Complete Streets

Complete Streets

Innovative complete streets design can help improve safety, access, and mobility. As design standards evolve, the need to evaluate complete streets in a consistent manner grows.

We employ an innovative, data-driven approach. 

Through our partnerships with innovative tech firms, we effectively build robust contextual databases, allowing us to identify top risk factors that contribute to transportation safety issues and concerns. We use our in-house tools developed through our own research and development program to streamline safety analysis so we can spend more time interpreting results and developing recommendations for our clients.

We commit to community safety goals. 

We partner with our clients to develop authentic engagement programs, identify opportunities for equitable investments in safety, and help communities build safety programs and projects that meet their diverse needs. We bring together multi-disciplinary stakeholders to learn from local experience and develop plans that are responsive to the context and address safety for people of all ages and abilities.

We support the safe systems approach. 

Understanding that humans make mistakes, we recommend deploying strategies that focus on reducing the chance that mistakes lead to deaths or severe injuries. We package improvements aimed at reducing traffic fatalities and severe injury collisions by identifying the types and locations of collisions, and the risk factors contributing to those collisions.

Interim Safety Analysis Guidance for California

Caltrans released its “Interim Land Development and Intergovernmental Review (LDIGR) Caltrans Safety Review Practitioners Guidance” and transmittal memo, which provide​ instructions to Caltrans personnel, lead agencies, developers, and consultants for conducting safety impact analysis for proposed land use projects and plans in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The guidance sets expectations for Caltrans staff and lead agencies about what information and factors to consider in safety impact analysis and is focused on potential safety impacts affecting the California State Highway System (SHS). It will also create strong incentives for local jurisdictions to proactively create systemic plans, such as LRSPs, SSARs, and Vision Zero plans. These plans can help local jurisdictions obtain resources to improve safety in their communities. We help community leaders understand this guidance and develop their own custom structure and design.

Vision Zero Process

 

Introducing the Vision Zero Process: A series of critical steps developed by Fehr & Peers to support cities in launching and maintaining a successful program while remaining available to provide support and technical assistance along the way.

Commit to multidisciplinary engagement to ensure the mindset and support necessary for successful
implementation.

Build the Vision Zero database to integrate collision records with key environmental factors.

Develop the “High-Injury Network” to identify target locations.

Analyze descriptive statistics and identify collision profiles to tell the story behind the collisions and assess future risk through predictive forecasting.

Match countermeasures to collision profiles to recommend specific improvements to treat distinct problems.

Prioritize projects through scenario planning to determine how to most effectively allocate resources.

Implement priority projects through design, review, and funding; enhance with enforcement and education campaigns.

Evaluate outcomes to assess progress and refine process.

Collaborating with the following communities on Vision Zero efforts:

  • City of Anchorage, AK
  • City of Bellevue, WA
  • City of Brighton, CO
  • City of Berkeley, CA
  • City of Los Angeles, CA
  • City of Oakland, CA
  • City of Pittsburg, CA
  • City of Sacramento, CA
  • City of San Francisco, CA
  • City of Sunnyvale, CA
  • Contra Costa County, CA
  • Contra Costa Transportation Authority, CA
  • Culver City, CA
  • Daly City (FHWA pilot), CA
  • Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG), CO
  • Pinellas County, FL

Take critical steps in transportation safety by contacting us for insights on how you can address your community’s needs.

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