On Friday, Jan 26th, Dr. Robert Ryan, from UMass Amherst, and his graduate students presented their results on The Role of Street Trees on Pedestrian Safety research project at an Executive Briefing meeting which took place in the Office of Transportation Planning (OTP). This research aims to study the link between street trees and pedestrians’ perceptions of safety, along with actual safety while walking along street corridors in Chicopee, Holyoke and Springfield.
One research objective for this project centers on how road volume across street corridors, as well as streetscape features may impact pedestrian safety. Another key objective includes understanding how both residents and nonresidents value the presence or absence of street trees as related to vehicular traffic speed, as well as how to spatially assess pedestrian-vehicle accident reports with the presence of street trees.
Preliminary findings discussed at the Executive Briefing include:
- Socio-demographic information
- Important features for walking route choice
- Results by city
- Results by street tree cover
- Results by age, gender, income, and race
- Preference for additional tree plantings and future improvements