Orlando Area Bicyclist Crash Study

A Role-Based Approach to Crash Countermeasures

Metroplan Orlando

"This report documents a study of 885 crashes between bicyclists and motorists in Orange, Seminole and Osceola Counties for the years 2003 and 2004. Long-form crash reports were collected from local governments
and the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV). Database tables were provided from the University of Florida using data from DHSMV. All crashes were analyzed for behavioral types by
METROPLAN ORLANDO staff using the Pedestrian and Bicycle Crash Analysis Tool (PBCAT) software from the Federal Highway Administration and the University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center. The
University of Florida's Department of Urban and Regional Planning plotted the majority of the crashes in ArcGIS; crash locations which could not be located by the University team were plotted by METROPLAN ORLANDO

"This report groups the countermeasures for each role assumed in the community: bicyclist, motorist, traffic engineer, planner, and law enforcement officer. Each countermeasure is assessed for its potential to reduce crashes based on the numbers and types of crashes that have occurred in the area during the study period. In this way each person understands his or her personal responsibility and potential for reducing the number and severity of crashes. Each role contributes a significant percentage of the overall problem, and many of the countermeasures reinforce or depend upon other countermeasures."

Filed in: Community Problems and Solutions, Engineering, Education, Enforcement, Crashes and Safety

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