Robert Murphy, P.E. (ITE Ped/Bike Standing Committee Chair), Dr. Hatem Abou-Senna, P.E. and Kirsten Tynch P.E., PTOE (Chair of the Ped/bike awards committee).
Florida Section ITE newsletter: http://www.floridasectionite.org/
Dr. Essam Radwan and Dr. Hatem Abou-Senna won the 2017 ITE Pedestrian and Bicycle Standing Committee Best Project Award. Dr. Abou-Senna received the award at the joint ITE/CITE Annual Meeting and Exhibit held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada from July 30th to Aug 2nd 2017 and was recognized during the Complete Streets Council meeting as well as the ITE and CITE Awards Lunch with ITE Leadership.
The project “Assessment of Sidewalk/Bicycle-Lane Gaps with Safety and Developing Statewide Pedestrian Crash Rates” was sponsored by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) after the State of Florida was reported in the “Dangerous by Design” report as having the highest four pedestrian fatality locations in the Country with Orlando topping the list. The project maps out a detailed system that identifies high-risk corridors and intersections. The analysis enables the state to target limited resources toward the areas with the most urgent needs using a practical methodology and a safety prioritization tool (SPT) developed by the research team.
The ITE Pedestrian and Bicycle Standing Committee Best Project Award is bestowed on projects that apply innovative design solutions or study techniques related to pedestrian and bicycle activities that best benefit the profession and the public. The project was nominated among 12 other projects submitted for the award.
The project was recognized nationally in the street blog USA
http://usa.streetsblog.org/2016/08/09/streets-without-sidewalks-are-killing-florida-pedestrians/ and it was published in the Florida ITE (FLITE) Magazine Volume 58 No 1 in October 2016. The FDOT final report can be found at http://www.fdot.gov/research/Completed_Proj/Summary_TE/FDOT-BDV24-977-07-rpt.pdf.