Pedestrian Signal Phasing Study

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Posted 6/15 

Pedestrian signals provide indications intended exclusively to control pedestrian traffic at signalized intersections. These signals are incorporated into the overall traffic signal cycle and can operate as an exclusive or concurrent pedestrian phase. The selection of pedestrian signal phase type involves several complicated factors and often poses challenges to municipalities. 

The technical memorandum summarizes a review of the literature on existing practices and guidelines for pedestrian signal phasing and the results of a Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) survey about municipal pedestrian signal phasing. Based on the literature review and the survey, MPO staff recommends measures to improve pedestrian safety at signalized intersections. Municipalities in the MPO region can apply this guidance to develop policies for pedestrian signals and phasing when redesigning signalized intersections. 

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