This study will examine whether the presence and location of transportation facilities affect pedestrian and bicyclist behaviors and how to design such facilities that can best anticipate and accommodate future active transportation users.
The findings will help inform the Planning Department in providing recommendations in area master plans, evaluating submitted development applications, and ensuring conformance with the adopted subdivision and zoning regulations.
Prince George's County has an unacceptably high rate of pedestrian crashes, injuries, and fatalities. Bicyclists lack a supportive infrastructure throughout most of the County that encourages greater use of bicycles. There is a need to learn more about crashes involving pedestrians or bicyclists and motorists.
The Pedestrian and Bicyclist Behavioral Study (PBBS) will focus on the following three topics:
Equity: How pedestrian and bicyclist behavior in the County is affected by common elements of equity as it relates to transportation.
Infrastructure: What the effect of transportation infrastructure is on pedestrian and cyclist behavior.
Safety: The study will examine how pedestrian and bicyclist behavior is affected by factors such as equity, safety, and infrastructure. It will examine collisions to ascertain, to the extent possible, what the behaviors of the parties involved in crashes were just prior to the collisions. These behaviors will be compiled into crash typologies to identify patterns.
Determine if pedestrian and bicyclist collisions, injuries, and fatalities occur at a disproportionate rate in portions of the County considered inequitable.
Determine if changes are needed in the way roadways, sidewalks, shared-use paths, and other travel facilities are designed based on crash typologies.
Identify the behaviors of transportation users most likely to lead to crashes. Take those behaviors into account when developing or revising strategies for reducing or eliminating serious injuries and fatalities.