Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety, Equity, and Street Funding: New Criteria for Prioritizing Multimodal Street Projects in Minneapolis

Principal Investigator:

  • Greg Lindsey, Professor, Humphrey School of Public Affairs


  • Jason Cao, Assistant Professor , Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Project Summary:

This study analyzes how (1) estimates of pedestrian and bicyclist exposure to risk, (2) measures of crash risk, and (3) measures of equity can strengthen approaches to (4) prioritizing multimodal street improvements. Previous research has shown that statistical models based on pedestrian and bicycle counts can be used to estimate exposure to risk on street networks and that these estimates can be used to estimate crash probabilities. This research builds on these previous findings to assess equity of exposure to crash risk. Use the City of Minneapolis 20 Year Streets Funding Plan as a case study, this research also explores whether different measures of pedestrian and bicyclist demand, different measures of crash risk, and different measures of equity have implications for project prioritization. Findings will have implications for local efforts to incorporate measures of demand, risk, and equity in system management and project development and implementation.

Project Details:

  • Start date: 02/2018
  • Project Status: Active
  • Research Area: Transportation Safety and Traffic Flow

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