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Improving the After-Dark Pedestrian Environment for Safety and Walkability

When: Thursday, February 16, 2023 | 3:00 - 4:30 PM ET

Webinar Description:

About 75% of U.S. pedestrian fatalities occur after dark, and pedestrian fatalities have been increasing at a much faster rate than other traffic fatalities in recent years. Ensuring that streets are safe and walkable between dusk and dawn is thus critical for truly “complete streets.” However, the importance of after-dark conditions and of street lighting has often been overlooked by transportation professionals.

Effective outdoor lighting can significantly improve safety and other aspects of the nighttime environment (including perceptions of security, comfort, and reassurance). Complementary strategies, such as speed control and specific traffic control devices, are also valuable.

This webinar will equip transportation engineers, planners, and others to plan and design more holistically to address pedestrian safety and comfort in darkness. It will cover: an overview of the topic and key background; problem analysis; the benefits, costs, and potential concerns regarding enhanced lighting and complementary strategies; and funding approaches. It will also cover integrating such measures into complete streets plans and policies.

Learning Objectives:
Attendees of this webinar will be able to:

  • Identify pedestrian safety patterns and problems, considering daytime vs. nighttime vs. dawn/dusk statistics and conditions.
  • Describe how lighting and other measures can be used to improve pedestrian safety after dark.
  • Assess how different lighting strategies affect aspects of the pedestrian environment besides traffic safety (e.g., pedestrian feelings of personal security, sense of place, local economic vitality, and social interaction)

Moderator: Peter Koonce, P.E., Manager, Signals, Street Lighting & ITS Division | Portland Bureau of Transportation | Portland, OR, United States


  • Rebecca Sanders, Founder and Principal Investigator | Safe Streets Research & Consulting, LLC | Portland, OR, United States
  • Nick Mesler, Solutions Engineer | Evari GIS Consulting | Portland, OR, United States
  • Leni Schwendinger, Creative Director & Consultant | Leni Schwendinger Light Projects | New York, NY, United States
  • Frank Markowitz, Retired from San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency | San Mateo, CA, United States

ITE Members: Free
Non-Members: $79.00

Registration for webinar includes the live event, an archived recording with access for 30 days to each registrant. If you are a non-member of ITE you will need to create an account to register. You can create an account here.

PDH/CM Credit Certificate: If you would like PDH/CM Credit for this webinar, there is a processing fee for each registrant of $20 regardless of membership status to receive 1.5 PDH/CM credits certificate.
Instructions and link will be provided at the conclusion of the live event. Participants are able to purchase and retrieve their certificate until their access to the content expires. After the content expires and goes into archive, the certificate opportunity is forfeit.