Improving pedestrian safety is a priority in the Wisconsin State Highway Safety Plan, but pedestrian volumes, which indicate exposure to potential traffic accidents, are only available in a limited number of locations and lack consistency across the state. To address this, a project was initiated to update the Wisconsin State Highway System roadway database by incorporating pedestrian volume estimates. A model developed in the WisDOT Southeast Region was applied to estimate annual pedestrian crossing volumes at four-way intersections throughout the State Highway System. This data could assist safety analysts in prioritizing intersections with high crash rates and identifying intersection designs with elevated risk levels. However, the pedestrian volume estimates are preliminary, and the project’s focus shifted to collecting data for model validation and refinement. The project was conducted between October 2021 and September 2022, as a follow-up to a pilot study completed in 2021, and its main phases are described in the following sections.

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Project Documents

Project Details


Start Date
October 8, 2021

End Date
September 30, 2022

Focus Areas
Data Analytics, Modeling and Simulation
Urban Mobility

US Dept Of Transportation
Wi Dept Of Transportation

Research Centers
Institute for Physical Infrastructure and Transportation (IPIT)

Principal Investigator

Schneider,Robert J
Professor Department of Urban Planning University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Co-Principal Investigator

Qin, Xiao
Lawrence E. Sivak '71 Professorship Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Director, Institute for Physical Infrastructure and Transportation (IPIT)
Founder and Director, Safe and Smart Traffic Lab