Between 2013 and 2017, 393 pedestrians lost their lives and 789 were seriously injured in pedestrian crashes on Nevada roadways. The goal of the Nevada Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) is to reach zero fatalities. Nevada’s Pedestrian Safety Critical Emphasis Area Fact Sheet provides information on who is involved in fatal and serious-injury pedestrian crashes, where and when these crashes occurred, and why they happened. The Fact Sheet also outlines critical strategies and action steps the State of Nevada plans to take in reducing pedestrian-involved crashes in efforts to reach our goal of zero fatalities..

Pedestrian-Involved Crashes 2013 - 2017

Task Force Leaders

Chair
Erin Breen, UNLV Vulnerable Road Users Project
Vice Chair
Bill Story, Nevada Department of Transportation, Multimodal Planning
Facilitator
Molly O’Brien, Kimley-Horn

Events

September 5, 2019 – Intersection Safety and Pedestrian Safety Task Force Meetings

Strategies and Action Steps

Implement geometric improvements through engineering
  1. Implement complete streets projects in conjunction with lowering speed limits and providing pedestrian crossing enhancements (bulb-outs, median refuge, tighter radii at crosswalks, narrowing the pavement width, off-set sidewalks, etc.)
  2. Modifications to signal timing to provide accommodations for pedestrians and bicyclists (pedestrian lead intervals at high pedestrian use locations, automatic call for intersections with high pedestrian activity, consider a pilot for changing the walk icons, etc.)
  3. Apply the NDOT Process for the Evaluation of Uncontrolled Crosswalk Locations at all legal uncontrolled crosswalk locations whether existing or proposed
  4. Provide pedestrian-focused lighting at pedestrian crossing locations
Training, education and awareness
  1. Implement Vision Zero in Northern Nevada and Southern Nevada
  2. Implement pedestrian safety zones
  3. Collaborate on and provide support for pedestrian safety awareness campaigns – Target messages to impacted groups (based on data analysis) (campaign for how long it takes a driver to see, react and stop for a pedestrian. Provide education on the buses.)
  4. Collaborate on and provide support for programs that promote walking or biking to school and include safety education to school children and parents
Legislative and Enforcement
  1. Provide and publicize targeted law enforcement events so that law enforcement can educate/ticket noncompliant motorists and pedestrians
  2. Prioritize and plan NRS language and key bill provisions (Current activities on pedestrian timing language)

Advisory Opinions

Based on national research and the potential for saving lives throughout the state, the Nevada SHSP Pedestrian Safety Task Force strongly recommends the following Advisory Opinions:

  • Adding language to allow roadway jurisdictions to determine when the flashers and school crossing zones should be active
  • Modify NRS 484B.283.1(a) to Remove “Yield” and replace with “Stop”
  • Modify NRS 484B.283.1.(d)(2) to allow pedestrians to enter a crosswalk on a flashing “Don’t Walk” sign with a countdown timer if they know they can make it across before it gets to zero.

Resources

 

Agendas and Minutes

Download

Date

Intersection Safety and Pedestrian Safety Task Force Meeting Agenda PDF 05/2019
Intersection Safety and Pedestrian Safety Task Force Meeting Minutes PDF 03/2019

Fact Sheets

Pedestrian Safety Critical Emphasis Area Fact Sheet PDF 08/2019

Other Documents

Pedestrian Safety A Road Safety Manual for Decision-Makers and Practitioners PDF 2013
Pedestrian Fatalities by State – 2017 Preliminary Data PDF 2018
Pedestrian Fatalities by State – 2018 Preliminary Data PDF 2019
Vision Zero Truckee Meadows Draft Action Plan PDF 2019

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