Upcoming CUTR Webcast: Application of Demographic Analysis to Pedestrian Safety

September 14, 2017, 12:00PM (ET)

Application of Demographic Analysis to Pedestrian Safety

A Governing analysis of pedestrian crashes found that pedestrians are fatally injured at disproportionately higher rates in the nation’s poorer neighborhoods. In metro areas, low-income tracts record pedestrian fatality rates approximately twice those of more affluent neighborhoods. The webcast will present the findings of a research study during which the team developed a demographics-based methodology that identifies the quantitative relationships between dependent variables such as pedestrian crashes and severe injury crashes and independent variables including demographic and social factors, road environmental factors, neighborhood land use attributes, and individual characteristics in low-income areas.

Presenter: Pei-Sung Lin, Ph.D., Program Director of ITS, Traffic Operations and Safety, Center for Urban Transportation Research, University of South Florida; and Achilleas Kourtellis, Ph.D., Research Associate, Center for Urban Transportation Research, University of South Florida

Dr. Pei-Sung Lin is the Program Director of ITS, Traffic Operations and Safety at the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) at the University of South Florida. Dr. Lin obtained his Master’s Degree in 1991 from the University of Texas at Austin, and Doctoral Degree in 1995 from the University of Florida. He has 25 years of work and research experience in transportation. Dr. Lin is a registered Florida Professional Engineer (P.E.) and he is also certified as Professional Traffic Operations Engineer (PTOE) by the Institute of Transportation Engineer (ITE). Dr. Lin specializes in traffic signal systems, traffic engineering and operations, pedestrian and bicycle safety, nighttime safety, crash analysis, naturalistic driving and bicycling behavior studies, wrong-way driving countermeasures, and intelligent transportation systems. Before joining CUTR, Dr. Lin was a professional traffic engineer in Sarasota County, Florida and managed Sarasota County traffic signal systems. During his career at CUTR, Dr, Lin has worked numerous research projects and highway safety grants. He has published more than 130 technical papers and reports, and given more than 100 professional presentations via international, national and statewide conferences. Dr. Lin was chair of Intelligent Traffic Signal Operations Committee at ITE. He also served as the president of International Chinese Transportation Professionals Association (ICTPA) for two years. Currently, Dr. Lin is the member Transportation Systems Management & Operations Council at ITE.

Dr. Achilleas Kourtellis has earned his Civil Engineering (Transportation) degrees at USF. He has worked on safety projects for the National Center for Transit Research evaluating technologies for transit buses, motorcycle, pedestrian and bicycle safety campaign evaluation and recently the Naturalistic Driving Study funded by the SHRP2 program of TRB. He has been working with FDOT Central Safety Office on the Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Focused Initiative since 2011 to reduce pedestrian and bicycle crashes in Florida’s high emphasis counties. This June he and his team at CUTR started working on the Naturalistic Bicycle Behavior Pilot Study, a unique project for Florida and the U.S. funded by FDOT to collect data on naturalistic bicycling behavior. He is the author and co-author of several papers presented and published at the Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting Proceedings, Transportation Research Record, ITS World Congress and Application of Advanced Technologies in Transportation conferences. He currently works at CUTR as a Research Associate in the ITS, Traffic Operations and Safety Program.

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