Safety

Research in Transportation Safety aims to address issues related to multiple modes as well as the needs of a variety of roadway users. Both descriptive- (understanding traveler behavior) and predictive- (making quantitative projections for project evaluations) studies are undertaken. The studies employ state-of-the-art econometric methods and spatial-analysis techniques. Efforts are also undertaken to develop and implement protocols to assist small agencies identify and address their local safety problems.

Projects

  • Quantitative methods for crash prediction and injury-severity assessment: Selected projects include development of Florida-specific calibration factors for safety performance functions from the Highway Safety Manual, development of safety performance functions for facilities with managed lanes, and models for predicting injury severity in large-truck crashes.
  • Safety of vulnerable populations: Selected studies include the development of models for pedestrian safety, assessment of safe-routes to school programs, modeling evacuation patters, and understanding the behavior of Florida tourists under hurricane threats.
  • Spatial analysis methods: Selected projects include the development of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) based tools (the SignalFour Analytics) for spatial analysis of crash data; Use of spatial statistics methods for safety analysis
  • Traveler behavior: Selected studies include the understanding the evacuation decisions of tourists under hurricane threats and understanding the speeding behavior of drivers in enhanced penalty zones.

Faculty

Siva Srinivasan, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering
siva@ce.ufl.edu

Ilir Bejleri, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Urban and Regional Planning
ilir@ufl.edu

Ruth Steiner, PhD
Professor
Department of Urban and Regional Planning
rsteiner@dcp.ufl.edu

Lori Pennington-Gray, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Tourism, Recreation & Sport Management
penngray@hhp.ufl.edu