The primary goal of the Regional Safety Program (RSP) is to reduce fatal and serious injury crashes on all modes of transportation in the NOACA region. It uses a data-driven approach to identify factors causing crashes and a detailed action plan on how to best solve the identified problems.
Goal #3 in NOACA’s long-range plan Connections+ 2035 is to “Preserve and improve the efficiency and safety of the existing transportation system, prioritize elements of the system identified as significant and ensure the system serves homeland security.” Although safety is incorporated into many of NOACA’s existing programs, the RSP is the first to make planning for safety its primary purpose.
NOACA recently formed the Safety and Operations Council (SOC) to serve as an advisory group on the topic of safety planning and aid in the development of the RSP. It is made up of local agency planning and engineering staff, law enforcement and emergency responders, ODOT, FHWA, GCRTA, Ohio Traffic Safety Office and community members. The SOC meets quarterly and all meetings are open to the public.
The RSP includes the Transportation Safety Action Plan and multiple data analysis reports that are outlined below.
Transportation Safety Action Plan (TSAP)
The TSAP will be the principal document guiding the region on planning for safety. Its long term goal is Vision Zero, or to see zero deaths and serious injuries on all modes of transportation in the NOACA region. The TSAP will use extensive data analysis to determine the factors that cause crashes in the region, identify strategies used to fix them, present recommendations on how to improve safety in the region, and establish a plan for implementation of the recommendations. The TSAP includes performance measures and guidelines outlined in the state’s safety planning document, the Strategic Highway Safety Plan, to ensure that the program is on its way to accomplishing its long-term goal.
NOACA’s safety program will include a Vision Zero policy for the region. Vision Zero is an approach focused on achieving zero deaths and serious injury crashes across all transportation modes. A Vision Zero plan maintains that no loss of life on the roads is acceptable, and all traffic deaths and injuries can be prevented with the right planning and policies.
While Vision Zero remains the long-term target, NOACA has set smaller goals to accomplish along the way to zero over the next 20 years. For the first two planning horizons of five years (2020) and 10 years (2025), NOACA is using the performance measures outlined in the state’s Strategic Highway Safety Plan. These include:
- 2% decrease per year in number of deaths
- 2% decrease per year in number of serious injuries
For the 20-year planning horizon (2035), NOACA has set more aggressive performance measures of:
- 50% decrease in number of deaths
- 50% decrease in number of serious injuries
Crash Data Analysis
Road Safety Audit (RSA): A research report conducted for communities with particularly high crash locations. It develops recommendations for safety improvements to reduce crashes based on an analysis of the data.
INVEST: Awarded to NOACA by FHWA, INVEST is a tool targeted at evaluating the effectiveness of the existing RSP and identify areas for improvement. Its results will help improve NOACA’s safety data analysis and reporting, and will assist with the formation of the TSAP.
State of Safety Report: An in depth analysis of crashes in the NOACA region over a five year period. It will be used to develop findings and targeted recommendations/strategies to reduce fatal and serious injury crashes. It includes state, national, and international trends, data on non-freeway crashes, freeway crashes, pedestrian crashes, bicycle crashes, and transit and rail crashes. It recently replaced the Crash Report.
High Crash Corridor: A report done by Kittelson & Associates providing detailed crash data analysis of the five year period from 2008-2013 in the NOACA region. The report describes existing crash conditions and identifies factors contributing to severe crashes in the region. It includes state, national, and international trends, data on non-freeway crashes, freeway crashes, pedestrian crashes, bicycle crashes, and transit and rail crashes.
Crash Report: These reports analyze crash data from the Ohio Department of Public Safety and ODOT to identify those locations with the worst crash statistics. The Crash Report has recently been replaced by the State of Safety report.
Ohio Bicycle and Pedestrian Crash Maps: These maps show all bike and pedestrian crashes in Ohio in 2011-2016 using ODPS crash report data. The map was generated from ODPS data downloaded on 4/6/2016 by Patricia Kovacs in support of the mission of Ohio Bicycle Federation to promote cycling in Ohio.
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