Below are some local, state and federal safety programs being implemented in the Tampa Bay region.
The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) is federal transportation legislation that went into effect on October 1, 2012. It continued the Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) as a core Federal-aid program. The goal of the program is to achieve a significant reduction in traffic fatalities and serious injuries on all public roads, including non-State-owned public roads and roads on tribal lands. The HSIP requires a data-driven, strategic approach to improving highway safety on all public roads that focuses on performance.
The specific provisions pertaining to the HSIP are defined in Section 1112 of MAP-21, which amended Section 148 of Title 23, United States Code (23 USC 148). Some of the changes to the HSIP include:
The HSIP is implemented through the Florida Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) established by the Florida Department of Transportation. For more information on the Highway Safety Improvement Program or Florida's Strategic Highway Safety Plan, contact Peter Hsu, District Safety & Special Projects Engineer at the Florida Department of Transportation.
The Florida Department of Transportation District 7 has initiated a study to promote regional safety for pedestrians and bicyclists accessing transit on the District's road-transit throughways and corridors. The District's goal is to identify enhancements and practices that will create safe, comfortable, accessible, and welcoming pedestrian and bicycle environments that encourage multi-modal activity and help generate economic vitality throughout the entire region.
US 19 Pedestrian & Bicycle Safe Access to Transit Corridor Study
The US 19 Pedestrian & Bicycle Safe Access to Transit Corridor Study is a partnership between the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and the Pinellas County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) to explore opportunities to improve safety and accessibility for pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit users along portions of US 19 in Pinellas County. This study will bring together information and community stakeholders to find ways to improve multimodal and intermodal connections along the corridor.
Please visit the US 19 Study page to learn how the Florida Department of Transportation and the Pinellas County Metropolitan Planning Organization are looking for opportunities to improve safety and accessibility for pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit users along portions of US 19 in Pinellas County.
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Check out some engineering innovations and best practices in traffic safety. For more proven safety countermeasures visit the Federal Highway Administration's Office of Safety.
Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon (RRFB)
RRFBs are user-actuated amber-colored Light-emitting Diode (LED) flashing lights that supplement traditional pedestrian warning signs at unsignalized intersections or mid-block crosswalks. They are typically activated by pedestrians manually by a push button. RRFBs have been shown to provide an extremely high degree of crossing safety on lower volume, lower speed roads. More information about the RRFB can be found here.
Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon (a.k.a. HAWK)
The pedestrian hybrid beacon (also known as the High Intensity Actived Crosswalk Beacon or "HAWK"), is a pedestrian-activated warning device located over midblock pedestrian crossings. The pedestrian hybrid beacon provides a red signal indication to drivers when a pedestrian is crossing the roadway, similar to a conventional traffic signal. The pedestrian hybrid beacon has been shown to provide a high degree of crossing safety on higher volume, higher speed roadways. More information on the pedestrian hybrid beacon can be found here.
High-Emphasis/Special Emphasis Crosswalk Markings
High-emphasis and special emphasis markings have been shown to improve safety for pedestrians, especially at mid-block crosswalks.
The Florida Department of Transportation works with dozens of local agencies to improve traffic safety and reduce injuries and fatalities related to traffic crashes. Below are links to our partner agency websites:
A multitude of resources exist to for professionals to gain additional insight and share best practices. The Florida Department of Transportation District Seven produces the Local Agency Traffic Safety Academy (LATSA) webinar series dedicated to local agency traffic safety training.