Traffic impact assessment (TIA) is an essential component of the land development review process across the US. Conventional TIA practices have long focused on identifying and mitigating the congestion impacts of new land development. Safety for road users is often a secondary concern and assumed incorrectly to be "taken care of" through congestion mitigation measures. This research explores the mental models behind this assumption, identifies opportunities to reconceptualize the role of land development in fostering safer streets, and advances a framework for centering road user safety in the development review process.
Tab Combs, Research Associate, UNC Department of City and Regional Planning
Jesse Saginor, Chair and Professor, Department of Urban & Regional Planning, Florida Atlantic University