In many ways safer road design can make transportation safer for motorists, motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians. Federal and state transportation guidelines stress the importance of good design that is both safe for road users and sensitive to the surrounding environment.Safe design requires that road users must have sufficient time to be able to see, process and react to information. The principles are the same for all road users, however, the standards are more critical for motorcyclists as errors can have more severe consequences.
A safe road environment should:
- Give consistent messages to road users.
- Provide no surprises
- Provide a controlled release of information
- Warn road users of any possible substandard features
- Inform road users of the type of unusual conditions that are likely to be encountered
- Guide road users through unusual sections of road
- Control road users through conflict points or areas of conflict
Who Is Responsible for the Design & Defects of State Roads & Highways?
Local municipalities and state agencies are responsible to maintain and to control tens of thousands of miles under their jurisdiction These agencies have a legal responsibility for dangerous and defective conditions that exist on the roadways under their jurisdiction.