About the Pedestrian Safety Study

Study Overview

As the state capital of North Carolina, the city of Raleigh employs 20,000 state-employees in the city’s downtown. These employees generate a lot of pedestrian activity, much of which is focused around the State Government Complex. Dense development, a variety of destinations, and heavy vehicle traffic on major routes contribute to increased potential for vehicle-pedestrian conflicts. The Downtown Raleigh Pedestrian Safety Study will evaluate how to reduce risk for pedestrians walking in the heart of Downtown.

The project team will work with community, institutional, and agency stakeholders to identify high risk crash sites, develop a prioritized list of sites, and identify potential countermeasures and safety improvements. The focus of this study will be on improvements that can be made and activities that can be conducted in the near term (i.e., one to three years).

Study Objectives

  • Enhance understanding about crash risk and vulnerabilities of pedestrians
  • Work with a variety of stakeholders to evaluate pedestrian safety needs
  • Collect and analyze data that describes pedestrian safety issues
  • Conduct field assessments to observe pedestrian travel and traffic safety
  • Prioritize specific locations where crash risk may be highest for pedestrians
  • Identify potential countermeasures and safety improvements

Study Area

The study area’s approximate boundary ranges from Hargett Street in the south to Peace Street in the north and from Dawson Street in the west to Bloodworth Street in the east. The study area will review properties within and those that front streets composing the boundaries.

Downtown Raleigh Pedestrian Safety Study Area

Study Team

The project’s core team is responsible for coordinating, organizing, and analyzing materials. The team is made up of staff from NCDOT and the City of Raleigh. The project is also coordinated with other state agencies and transportation organizations.


The Downtown Raleigh Pedestrian Safety Study is scheduled for completion late 2019/early 2020, with opportunities for public engagement—survey, interactive mapping feedback, etc.—throughout the process.

Phase 1 – Review Existing Conditions & Collect Data - Summer 2019

Phase 2 – Conduct Pedestrian Road Safety Assessments - Fall 2019

Phase 3 – Develop Safety Plan – Winter 2019