An Arizona Department of Transportation research study, conducted by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, about pedestrian hybrid beacons received a national award from the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO). The study evaluated pedestrian hybrid beacons (link is external), which are traffic control devices that assist pedestrians crossing a street or highway at a marked […]
Ensuring connected-automated vehicle technology benefits pedestrians, bicyclists and other vulnerable road users is vital to transforming our transportation system in a way that meets the needs of all users. Aiming for zero traffic deaths by the mid-century mark, the Texas Department of Transportation’s (TxDOT’s) Enhance Safety goal “promotes safe driving, bicycling and pedestrian activities.” TxDOT […]
Learning how to be a safer pedestrian may not be at the top of your New Year’s resolution list, but with a rise in pedestrian deaths, it’s time to consider adding it. Only six days into the New Year and Bryan, Texas — home to the Texas A&M Transportation Institute’s (TTI’s) Headquarters — has already […]
Spanning more than 5,200 acres, Texas A&M University’s College Station campus is one of the largest public institutions of higher learning in the world. The recently completed 2017 Campus Master Plan provides the framework for future development of the campus with one of its focus elements being mobility and safety. The Texas A&M Transportation Institute […]
Austin is a modern, thriving city with a population that enjoys an active lifestyle, including the increased use of nonmotorized modes of transportation. Many appreciate the numerous benefits of active transportation, though the growing popularity of nonmotorized modes can also bring increased collisions involving pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists. “Incidents like these aren’t as common as […]
Ever looked at mobility from big picture to small details? Imagine a map of Texas. Select a county. Zoom in to a metropolitan view, checkered with count locations for bicyclists and pedestrians. Clicking on a count location also brings up a screen of charts that display bicycle and pedestrian count data at various time intervals. […]
By Michael Manser Pedestrian dangers are nothing new. To traverse city streets a century ago, pedestrians had to navigate a gauntlet of cars, bicycles, horse-drawn buggies, trucks and streetcars, typically unencumbered by expectations that they do so at designated crosswalks. But city streets have changed dramatically since then, as have all of the vehicular dynamics […]
A sharp increase in the number of pedestrian fatalities in Texas has prompted researchers with the Center for Transportation Safety at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) to examine what factors contributed to the 550 deaths in 2015 — nearly a 13 percent increase from the year before. In fact, since 2010, pedestrian fatalities have […]
An undergraduate student researcher at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) recently conducted a project that took a unique spin on the distractions involved with mobile devices. Instead of distracted driving, George Gillette studied distracted pedestrians. “At the beginning of summer 2015, Dr. (Kay) Fitzpatrick pitched to me a couple of interesting fields of research […]
From automated cruise control to Google self-driving cars to trucks platooning, the world of connected, automated and autonomous vehicles is rapidly evolving. A research project sponsored by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and conducted by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) is examining connected and automated vehicle applications to improve transit, bicyclist and pedestrian […]
The Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) has been selected by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to conduct a one-year project on reducing the number of motor vehicle–related pedestrian fatalities in Texas. Project manager and TTI Associate Researcher, Joan Hudson has been awarded $47,500 for the one-year project titled, The Unintended Highway Pedestrian – What […]
Researchers have been perfecting methods for counting cars and trucks for the last half century. Comparatively speaking, there are very little biking and walking data.
Research findings from TTI’s CIITR staff often provide the foundation upon which stakeholders build new opportunities for improving and expanding international trade and tourism.
Two recent research studies on pedestrian crossings have aimed at making crosswalks safer and more efficient. Both studies are influencing national standards and making conditions better for pedestrians.
CAMPO, TTI Use Pedestrian/Bicycle Counts to Improve Transportation Network The Live Music Capital of the World has one more thing to sing about — its pedestrian and bicycle pathways. The Austin area is committed to environmental protection and has made great strides in incorporating pedestrian and bicycle traffic into its transportation plans. Travelers using nonmotorized […]
Our oldest means of transport — our own two feet — is making a comeback. In the interests of sustainability, transportation planners and engineers are trying to more thoroughly and effectively integrate pedestrians and bicyclists into thoroughfare design. To help guide this effort, the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) and partners like the Texas Transportation […]
Over the past year, TTI experts answered tough questions on a variety of state and national transportation issues. Over 2,500 newspaper articles, broadcast television spots and professional journals — with a potential reach of over 725 million readers and viewers nationwide — mentioned the Institute or its experts. Here are a few excerpts of TTI‘s […]
Automated sensors are watching out for you Take a walk down most busy urban streets and you’ll see any number of traffic devices to help keep pedestrians and bicyclists safe — pavement markings, crossing signals and warning signs. What you don’t see is what goes on behind the scenes. Several traffic safety devices need sensors […]