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The FHWA Office of Safety recently published the Guide for Scalable Risk Assessment Methods for Pedestrians and Bicyclists (Report No. FHWA-SA-18-032), which details risk assessment and exposure estimation approaches at several different geographic scales. These webinars provide an overview of scalable risk assessment methods for pedestrians.

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Transportation practice informs research, and research informs practice. Part of the work of the Collaborative Science Center for Road Safety (CSCRS) is to share and develop a stronger understanding of Safe Systems principles and systems science in order to showcase how these principles can be applied in a variety of real-world scenarios and integrated into injury prevention programs such as Vision Zero.

Traffic Crashes As Seen On TV: An Opportunity to Reshape the Dialogue Around Road User Injury WEBINAR

For those looking ahead and planning

Vision Zero Implementation Milestones Checklist
Organized as a series of benchmarks, rooted in the science of program implementation, the checklist offers a suggested continuum of phases and milestones to help coalitions mark their progress toward full Vision Zero implementation. This checklist was developed by NC Vision Zero coalition members with the support from the NC Governor’s Highway Safety Program.

Strengthening Existing and Facilitating New Vision Zero Plans
A Vision Zero Plan provides the vision for future efforts to eliminate traffic fatalities and serious injuries. This Guide was developed to assist communities in the creation and updating of their Vision Zero Plans. It was informed by research that involved review and evaluation of plans across the US, which are now housed in our Vision Zero Plan Library. Briefs are available that highlight key takeaways from the Guide. They provide succinct information on:

For those working better together

Shaping the narrative around traffic injury: A media framing guide for transportation and public health professionals
Based on prior research that has shown the negative impact of current road collision reporting frames on public perception of the problem, this guide proposes a new framework that integrates Safe Systems principles. It is targeted at professionals who work in injury prevention and transportation planning and design to encourage them to coordinate with journalists and reshape the narrative around traffic injury in our communities toward more proactive attitudes. View the complete CSCRS research project R29

Systems Thinking tools for Vision Zero collaboration, planning, implementation, and research
This ongoing project seeks to build and adapt a series of systems thinking tools and will highlight exemplar case studies of tool use, demonstrating how systems thinking-based content and guidance materials can help support Vision Zero planning and implementation efforts in coalitions and group across the U.S..


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Bicycle Fatalities in Intersections 2012-2017

Guide for Scalable Risk Assessment Methods for Pedestrians and Bicyclists

Printable Version, [PDF, 6.64 MB]

Publication No. FHWA-SA-18-032
July 2018

This guide describes scalable risk assessment methods for pedestrians and bicyclists, wherein risk is a measure of the probability of a crash to occur given exposure to potential crash events. This guide:

  • Outlines eight sequential steps to develop risk values at various desired geographic scales.
  • Describes the scope and nature of each step, including any guiding principles.
  • Provides information on analytic methods to estimate pedestrian and bicyclist exposure.
  • Identifies other relevant guides and resources that provide supplemental information.

Motivation for the Guide

Many transportation agencies are placing more emphasis on improving pedestrian and bicyclist safety and reducing the risk of a fatality or serious injury to pedestrians and bicyclists. Practitioners need a methodical approach to assess pedestrian and bicyclist risk for the purposes of identifying high-priority areas and transportation facilities for safety improvement, evaluating specific countermeasures and locations before and after improvements are made, and tracking safety performance measures over time to gauge progress toward established goals. The motivation for this guide is to provide this methodical approach for assessing pedestrian and bicyclist risk for these and other applications.
Exposure to risk is an integral element of risk, and as such, an integral element of risk assessment methods in this guide. Exposure is a measure of the number of potential opportunities for a crash to occur, and is often directly related to the number of people who walk and bike. In the past, exposure has seldom been included in pedestrian and bicyclist safety analysis because of the practical challenges of collecting or estimating exposure data. Another motivation for this guide is to outline feasible methods to calculate or estimate exposure, such that exposure will be included more often in pedestrian and bicyclist risk assessment.

Intended Audience

The main audience for this guide is practitioners who want to assess pedestrian and bicyclist risk. Some elements of the risk assessment methods in this guide are straightforward and should not pose significant difficulty for most practitioners, such as tabulating observed crashes from existing databases or collecting counts of pedestrians and bicyclists. Some analytic methods in this guide are more complex and may require specialized knowledge and skills, such as estimating expected crashes or estimating pedestrian and bicyclist exposure using a travel demand model. However, the process for assessing pedestrian and bicyclist risk in this guide provides flexibility, such that practitioners may select simpler methods that are consistent with their analysis capabilities and resources.

This webinar will provide an overview of these scalable risk assessment methods for pedestrians and bicyclists. Exposure is an integral element of risk, and the webinar will outline and describe three basic exposure estimation approaches for pedestrians and bicyclists: 1) site counts; 2) travel demand estimation models (several different types); and, 3) travel surveys. Panelists from the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) will share the new guidance and spend time responding to discussion questions from attendees.

This webinar was supported by the Federal Highway Administration’s Office of Safety through a national program to provide training and technical assistance to the FHWA-designated Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety Focus Cities and States.


Tamara Redmon, FHWA Office of Safety
Shawn Turner, Texas A&M Transportation Institute
Ipek Sener, Texas A&M Transportation Institute
Michael Martin, Texas A&M Transportation Institute
Robert Hampshire, University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute
Webinar Resources
Presentation Materials (PDF)
Areawide Nonmotorized Exposure Tool (XLSM)
Video Recording (MP4)

What is community policing?

“From the police perspective, it comes down to this: For us, it means working with our community to solve their quality-of-life issues that relate to crime or the fear of the crime.”— Deputy Chief Jonathan Brooks

“We recognized we could use that report and its recommendations for local policing as a foundational document, but we really needed to bring all these different groups in Tulsa together and help us define what community policing looks like here,” Bynum says.

After several months, the commission had developed six pillars:

  1. Building trust and legitimacy
  2. Policy and oversight
  3. Technology and social media
  4. Community policing and crime reduction
  5. Training and education
  6. Officer wellness and safety


At 92, Robert LaFortune can still be found officiating from the Phil tower building.

The LaFortune family name represents a prominent era of growth and development for Tulsa, thanks in part to its 92-year-old patriarch and lifelong resident Robert (Bob) LaFortune.

Robert LaFortune, Former Mayor of Tulsa

Tulsa civic leader and oilman Robert LaFortune was born at St. John Medical Center in Tulsa, January 24, 1927. In 1920, his father Joseph Aloysius LaFortune and his mother Gertrude Leona Tremel LaFortune, had moved to Tulsa from South Bend, Indiana. Joseph LaFortune worked for Warren Petroleum Company for approximately 30 years, retiring as executive vice president. Before and after retirement, he maintained a significant community presence and funded the development of LaFortune Park in Tulsa. Among his many gifts to the University of Notre Dame, he donated funds to renovate the Science Hall into the school’s first student center.

Robert (Bob) LaFortune served as Tulsa’s commissioner of streets and public property (1964–70) and as mayor (1970–78). As commissioner, he participated in the development of the Port of Catoosa through purchasing land for the port and working with engineers on its design. As mayor, he played a significant role in developing Tulsa’s freeway system and securing public-private funding for construction of the city’s Performing Arts Center.

Among his service to many executive boards, LaFortune has been a member of the National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America. He was a 1982 recipient of the Silver Buffalo Award from the Boy Scouts of America.

Robert LaFortune and his wife Jeanne Morse LaFortune, a native Tulsan, raised six children, Suzanne Bynum, Kathleen Phoenix, Annette Murray, Robert J. LaFortune, Jr., John M. LaFortune, and Phillip T. LaFortune.



BY ANNE BROCKMAN. Four designers take on the 2019 Blank Slate challenge: “Blue Tulsa,” an embellished print on canvas by Tulsa artist Derek Penix.

Derek Penix is a Tulsa artist whose art has earned him numerous accolades and awards over his years of painting, including the 2016 Gold Medal Award from Oil Painters of America’s 25th National Juried Exhibition.

On Feb. 28 and March 1, Royce Myers Gallery will host receptions for Penix’s first one-man show in Tulsa. Through April at the So Bo District gallery, approximately 30 pieces of Penix’s work will be on display and for sale, including new works from his cityscape series.


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