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Safety 2019, 5(1), 13; https://doi.org/10.3390/safety5010013

An Integrated Design Framework for Safety Interventions on Existing Urban Roads—Development and Case Study Application

Department of Civil, Environmental, Land, Building Engineering, and Chemistry, Polytechnic University of Bari, 4 via Orabona, 70126 Bari, Italy
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Received: 30 December 2018 / Revised: 24 February 2019 / Accepted: 26 February 2019 / Published: 6 March 2019
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Abstract

The need for improving urban road safety, livability, and sustainability is evident. Quantitative estimates and qualitative methods/strategies can be used by road safety practitioners to design safety interventions. This study proposes a flexible integrated design framework for safety interventions on existing urban road segments and intersections that integrates quantitative and qualitative methods. The proposed design framework is divided into four stages of the safety management process: End of Network Screening, Diagnosis, Selection of Countermeasures, and Economic Assessment. Pilot applications of the proposed method were performed on existing roads of the urban road network of the Municipality of Bari, Italy. Results from the application were useful to highlight some possible problems in the different stages of the design process. In particular, the discussed problems include a lack of crash and traffic data, difficulties with defining the road functional classifications, including rural-to-urban transitions, a lack of local inspection procedures, the recurrent problems from diagnosis, difficulties regarding the safety assessment of cycling infrastructures and sight distances, the criteria for grouping countermeasures into sets, and the choice of appropriate predictive methods. In response, appropriate solutions to the highlighted problems were presented. The usefulness of the proposed method for both practitioners and researchers was shown. View Full-Text
Keywords: road safety; urban segments; urban intersections; safety prediction; safety measures road safety; urban segments; urban intersections; safety prediction; safety measures
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Colonna, P.; Intini, P.; Berloco, N.; Fedele, V.; Masi, G.; Ranieri, V. An Integrated Design Framework for Safety Interventions on Existing Urban Roads—Development and Case Study Application. Safety 2019, 5, 13.

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