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FHWA Highway Safety Programs

Pg. 14 - 24: Pedestrian Lighting Primer

Comment:
The third section covers the Selection of Design Criteria - primary and secondary design criteria and pedestrian considerations.

Last Updated (Year): 2022

Year Produced: 2022

Abstract:

Lighting of pedestrian facilities plays a key role in increasing the safety performance of the road network for all users. Effective pedestrian lighting installations are a means of addressing the vulnerability of pedestrians during dark conditions and improving safety and security of all road users spanning different ages and abilities, including wheelchair and other mobility device users. Lighting not only makes it easier for drivers to see pedestrians, but also improves pedestrians’ abilities to see their surroundings and detect trip hazards. It increases pedestrians’ perceived levels of safety and security associated with the use of pedestrian facilities. Lighting may also increase pedestrians’ confidence in performing certain tasks, such as assessing and selecting appropriate gaps at uncontrolled crossings and monitoring vehicles approaching and making different movements through signalized intersections. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) published this primer to be a resource for transportation practitioners interested in the safety and security benefits of pedestrian lighting as well as lighting design considerations at locations with existing or future pedestrian activity. 

For:Walking

The E's:Education, Engineering, Enforcement

Ped Bike Activity:

  • Planning
  • Design
  • Strategies and Selection Processes

Ped Bike Topic:

  • Design Criteria
  • Pedestrians
  • Lighting
  • Safety
  • Guidance
  • General Principles
  • Pedestrian Considerations

Urban Context:Rural, Urban

Resource Type:

  • Information

Link to Content Source:

Pedestrian Lighting Primer