October 31, 2018


VDOT Northern Va. District Office
4975 Alliance Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030

Contact Hours



Pedestrians account for more than 17.5 percent of all traffic fatalities. More than 66 percent of pedestrian fatalities occur at non-intersection locations such as midblock areas. About 16 percent happen at intersections with no signals or stop signs.

By focusing on uncontrolled crossing locations, agencies can make targeted investments that address a significant national safety problem. The STEP countermeasures can also enhance the quality of life for pedestrians by overcoming barriers to safe, convenient, and complete pedestrian networks.

This full day workshop will provide an overview of the pedestrian safety problem, provide some general street crossing principles, present the 3 STEP process of policy, process, and 5 proven countermeasures being promoted and available resources.

The Fabulous 5 are:

  • Crosswalk visibility enhancements, such as crosswalk lighting and enhanced signing and marking, help drivers detect pedestrians.
  • Raised crosswalks are a traffic-calming technique that can reduce vehicle speeds and encourage drivers to yield to pedestrians.
  • Pedestrian refuge islands provide a safer place for pedestrians to stop at the midpoint of the road before crossing the remaining distance, which is particularly helpful for pedestrians with limited mobility.
  • Pedestrian hybrid beacons provide a stop control treatment at locations where pedestrian volumes aren’t high enough to warrant a traffic signal. They are a useful device for higher speed multilane roads.
  • Road diets, also an EDC-3 innovation, reconfigure a roadway cross-section to safely accommodate all users. It can reduce vehicle speeds and the number of lanes pedestrians need to cross and create space to add new pedestrian facilities.

There will be a group field visit exercise where participants will evaluate a corridor and present the good pedestrian crossing features as well as make recommendations for improvements.


  • Welcome
  • Why STEP: Background and Data
  • Policies and Process
  • Break
  • STEP Treatments
  • Lunch
  • STEP Treatments Cont…
  • Site Visit
  • Report Out
  • Final Remarks/Evaluations/Adjourn


Mark Doctor

Mark is a safety and geometric design engineer with the Federal Highway Administration.  He provides technical services and training on deploying innovative and flexible design and safety practices on a national level. His focus areas are in freeway and interchange design, intersection safety, innovative intersections, and performance-based design solutions. Mark has served with the FHWA for over 28 years in a variety of positions and locations. Mark received his Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Clemson University and his Master’s degree in Transportation Engineering from the University of Florida.

Registration and Payment

The following registration fees cover the session, all course materials and meals:

Local Government: $75.00
State/Federal: $125.00
Private Industry: $300.00

Click here for UVA TTA's general registration information, cancellation policy, and refund policy. UVA TTA accepts the following credit cards: American Express, VISA, MasterCard, and Discover. Credit card information cannot be taken over the phone. Alternatively, after registering you can print out a voucher to send in with your payment. After you have completed the transaction you will receive an automatically generated email confirming registration and payment if applicable. Final confirmation and instructions will be sent out during the week prior to the class date.

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