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Safety of raised platforms on urban roads

Makwasha, T, Turner, B

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ARSC conference 2016

EXTENDED ABSTRACT: A recently concluded Austroads study identified effective countermeasures for improving safety outcomes on urban arterial roads. Included in the study were raised platforms at intersections (raised intersections), midblock and pedestrian crossings (wombat crossings). While these treatments have been widely applied overseas and to an extent, across Australia and New Zealand (especially wombat crossings and at midblock sections on local and collector roads), a measure of effectiveness in mixed use and high volume environments in an Australian context was required. To determine the effectiveness of these measures in terms of crash frequency and severity as well as vehicle speeds, a retrospective matched control analysis was conducted. This paper presents the estimated crash and speed effects of raised platforms.