The National Academies

NCHRP 15-45 [Active]

Proposed Update of the AASHTO Guide for the Planning, Design, and Operation of Pedestrian Facilities

  Project Data
Funds: $350,000
Staff Responsibility: Christopher J. Hedges
Research Agency: Sprinkle Consulting, Inc.
Principal Investigator: Theodore Petritsch
Effective Date: 4/12/2012
Completion Date: 6/1/2015
Comments: The draft guide is under review.

The objective of this research is to develop a proposed update of the AASHTO Guide for the Planning, Design, and Operation of Pedestrian Facilities.  The updated Guide should generally follow the recommendations of NCHRP Project 20-07/Task 263. The work should be coordinated with the U.S. Access Board, the National Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, and other relevant AASHTO committees. The research team should identify and coordinate with all relevant ongoing federal, state, and NCHRP initiatives.  Safety and accessibility should be integrated throughout the Guide, not called out as separate topics. A different format or organization of the Guide may be proposed if the research team feels it is warranted. After completion of the proposed new Guide, the contractor will be required to address comments received during the AASHTO balloting process. While the Guide should contain guidance for most situations, it should also outline decision-making processes and criteria that would assist agencies in identifying flexible solutions.   In addition to the revisions recommended in the NCHRP Project 20-07/Task 263 report, the updated Guide should include the following components and topics: 
  1. An organized list of additional tools, guides, and resources that would be useful for the pedestrian specialist.
  2. References or relevant text from key federal statutes and regulations.
  3. Expanded discussion of asset management for pedestrian facilities. 
  4. Performance measures to evaluate the impacts of improvements post-construction. 
  5. Criteria to determine and prioritize where facility improvements are needed and the most appropriate type of improvement. 
  6. Issues related to the quality of the facility; e.g., the level of comfort provided versus a minimum level of accessibility. 
  7. Expanded discussion of pedestrian accommodation in construction areas and work zones. 
  8. Expanded discussion on pedestrian facilities in or near parking lots and other sites outside the right-of-way. 
  9. Expanded discussion of the relationship between bicycle and pedestrian facilities.   
  10. Methods to collect and analyze pedestrian data needed to facilitate the decision-making process.
  11. Issues of coordination with other entities that own or operate other assets within the right-of-way.

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