LunchUP: Robert C. Hampshire, "A Statewide Pedestrian Crash Risk Assessment for Michigan: An application of the Model of Pedestrian Demand (MoPED)"
Presenter: Robert C. Hampshire, Assistant professor, Human Factors group, Transportation Research Institute, University of Michigan
Given the overarching importance of pedestrian safety particularly in urban areas, many cities and metropolitan planning organizations are devoting considerable resources towards addressing it. However, many state agencies are not able to systematically identify and compare areas of high risk for pedestrians. Relying on observed crashes or hotspot analysis can be misleading due to statistical anomalies or not properly accounting for pedestrian exposure.
This presentation discusses a method to measure pedestrian crash risk that applies the model of pedestrian demand (MoPED) based on a joint research paper. Attached is a full paper that emphasizes on practice-focused approaches to apply and scale MoPED statewide.The inputs to the model include census level microdata, a statewide travel survey and built environment data. The output is a measure of pedestrian risk at the pedestrian analysis zone (PAZ) level (400 meters by 400 meters). Agencies can use the risk score results generated at different levels of geographical granularity to estimate pedestrian safety and identify zones or facilities where countermeasures need to be applied.
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Lunch is included, please bring a drink.