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Free Pedestrian Safety training Friday June 27

Advancing Pedestrian Safety: Countermeasures that Work

Friday, June 27, 2014
10 a.m. – noon CDT

Room 1130
Mechanical Engineering Building
University of Minnesota
111 Church Street SE
Minneapolis, MN

About the Presentation

In this presentation, Dr. Ron Van Houten will review pedestrian safety issues, including safety assessments and potential treatment options that target the behavior of both pedestrians and drivers to improve safety. A number of successful pedestrian-focused countermeasures will be described as part of an effort to improve pedestrian compliance at crossings. Countermeasures targeting drivers include a variety of signs, markings, and signals, such as advance stop lines and yield markings, rectangular rapid flashing beacons, and in-street signs.

In addition, Van Houten will highlight the development and results of a successful pedestrian sting operation—a high-visibility enforcement initiative conducted to improve proper yielding behavior of drivers. Following the presentation, there will be time for a discussion on pedestrian safety issues in Minnesota.

About the Presenter

Dr. Ron Van Houten is professor of psychology and a member of the behavior analysis faculty at Western Michigan University. He is also a researcher with the Roadway Safety Institute. Van Houten has worked extensively in the field of traffic and pedestrian safety and has developed many innovative traffic safety countermeasures. He is the past chair of the TRB Pedestrian Committee and a consultant for the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center. He has also worked on the Pedestrian Safety Strategic Plan for the FHWA Pedestrian Safety Program. He received the Patricia Waller Award at TRB in 2014 for his efforts to improve driver yielding behavior to pedestrians on a citywide basis.

More Information

There is no cost to attend, and registration is not required. For more information, please contact Stephanie Malinoff, 612-624-8398,

Parking and Transit

Parking is available at the Washington Avenue Ramp, the Church Street Garage, or the University Avenue Ramp. For transit information, please visit the Metro Transit website or call 612-373-3333.


This seminar is sponsored by the Roadway Safety Institute


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