Safety Resources

The resources below relate to safety issues and statistics related to bicycle and pedestrian activity.

Pedestrian/Bicyclist Crash Analysis 2015
This Metroplan report summarizes the pedestrian and bicycle crashes over the last 10 years for the Little Rock metro area, indicating where crashes are most frequent, demographics, and injury severity. 

Dangerous by Design 2016
Smart Growth America ranked Little Rock/Central Arkansas the 14th most dangerous metropolitan areas to walk out of the 104 largest metropolitan areas in the country.

Arkansas Bicycle and Pedestrian Laws
These are the laws, compiled by Bicycle Advocacy of Central Arkansas (BACA), that relate to the rights and responsibilities of bicyclists and pedestrians on the roadway.

Pedestrian Road Safety Audit Guidelines and Prompt Lists 2007
This US DOT/FHWA guidebook leads users through the process of conducting walk audits.  Related tools can be found here.

Bicycle Road Safety Audit Guidelines and Prompt Lists 2012
This US DOT/FHWA guidebook leads users through the process of conducting bicycle road safety audits.  Related tools can be found here.

NHTSA's Pedestrian Safety Page
This is the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)'s pedestrian safety homepage containing good overview information and links to more specific resources at the bottom.  This is NHTSA's pedestrian 2017 Fact Sheet.

NHTSA's Bicycle Safety Page
This is the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)'s bicycle safety homepage containing good overview information and links to more specific resources at the bottom.  This is NHTSA's bicycle 2017 Fact Sheet.  

Pedestrian Traffic Fatalities by State 2018
Governor's Highway Safety Association (GHSA) report on pedestrian fatality statistics by state, released May 2018.  Per capita, Arkansas's pedestrian fatality rate is in the middle (however Arkansas' rural nature suggests less pedestrian activity per capita).  Arkansas's pedestrian fatality rate has increased 16.7% since the last measurement.

Increased Ridership Results in Fewer Car vs. Bike Crashes 2003
As bikes become a more recognized mode on a community's streets, all road users learn how to better see and accommodate them.

An Overview of Automated Enforcement Systems and Their Potential for Improving Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety 2017
Vehicles speeding and running red lights endanger all road users, but particularly bicyclists and pedestrians.  This December 2017 review of the literature shows that red-light cameras and automated speed enforcement cameras reduce the frequency and severity of collisions involving bicyclists and pedestrians.  

Summary of State Speed Laws 2013
Red light and automated speed enforcement cameras are only legal in Arkansas within school zones or railroad crossings and an officer must be present and the citation must be issued immediately following the violation (pg. 17).  Arkansas is currently reviewing this policy.

Guide for Improving Pedestrian Safety at Uncontrolled Crossing Locations 2017
This is the guidebook for the Federal Highway Administration's current (4th) Every Day Counts campaign, Safe Transportation for Every Pedestrian (STEP) program.  The STEP program focuses on increasing pedestrian safety at mid-block crossings (see also webinar).

Proven Safety Countermeasures 2017
The Federal Highway Administration's list and description of 20 proven countermeasures, including Leading Pedestrian Intervals, Local Road Safety Plans, Medians and Pedestrian Crossing Islands in Urban and Suburban Areas, Pedestrian Hybrid Beacons, Road Diets (see also), Road Safety Audits, Roundabouts, USLIMITS2, and Walkways.