The National Center for Rural Road Safety (Safety Center) hosted a FREE, 1.5-hour online webinar.
Have you ever been tasked with a safety-related assignment and didn’t know where to start? Maybe you’re a junior engineer responsible for conducting traffic impact assessments, and your boss asks you to assess the safety performance of an intersection while you are completing the TIA. Maybe you are a county engineer and you receive a request from the State DOT for a list of your priority locations for safety improvement. Maybe you are a city transportation manager and the city council has asked you to provide recommendations to enhance current safety management capabilities. The FHWA Roadway Safety Data and Analysis Toolbox is a great place to start.
The last two decades have brought significant advancements in data-driven decision-making, including the development and refinement of numerous safety data and analysis tools. For many, this transition to data-driven decision-making represents a change in how they do business. While the new safety data and analysis tools support data-driven decision-making, the identification and selection of an appropriate tool can be a daunting task, particularly for those new to quantitative safety analysis.
The Toolbox fulfills the need for a centralized source of information about the available safety data and analysis tools. The web-based interface helps users to identify appropriate tools based on self-identified needs, capabilities, and resources. Users include anyone in search of a safety data or analysis tool to support data-driven decision-making.
A Primer serves as a support document for users of the Toolbox. The Primer will help all users, and particularly novice users, to better understand the overall scope and functionality of the Toolbox as well as the roles, responsibilities, and tasks supported by tools in the Toolbox. The Primer guides users through a stepwise process to identify an appropriate tool to support a given task based on their needs and capabilities.
This webinar provided an overview of the FHWA Roadway Safety Data and Analysis Toolbox to help you find the right tool for the job.
At the conclusion of this webinar, participants were able to:
- Use the Toolbox to search for available safety data and analysis tools.
- Apply advanced search options to narrow the list of tools to support a specific need.
- Identify appropriate tools based on current safety data and analysis needs and capabilities.
- Compare the capabilities of different safety data and analysis tools.
This training was directed towards anyone in search of a safety data or analysis tool to support data-driven decision-making. Specific examples included those in search of tools to manage, analyze, collect, and research safety data to support decisions in the safety management process, project development process, systems planning process, or other similar activities.
Frank Gross, Highway Safety Engineer and Researcher
Frank is a Senior Highway Safety Engineer and Researcher at VHB. As a safety researcher, he specializes in crash data analysis, evaluation of safety strategies, and development of tools and guidance to support Federal, state, local, and tribal agencies. In his other role as a highway safety engineer, Frank helps state and local agencies with the implementation of the Highway Safety Manual and related guides to diagnose safety issues, develop targeted countermeasures, conduct benefit-cost analysis, and estimate the safety effectiveness of implemented projects.
Yanira Rivera, Pathways Civil Engineer Intern
Yanira is Pathways Civil Engineer Intern with FHWA’s Office of Safety. She provides support in managing the RSDP Toolbox. As part of the Office of Safety data and analysis tools team, she has developed resources documenting SPF Development and Calibration efforts for the CMF Clearinghouse and assists in projects to help state and local agencies with data collection, integration, management and governance for safety analysis and data requirements.