This project was funded by the National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC).
Traffic safety -- Oregon -- Portland, Pedestrians -- Oregon -- Portland, Race discrimination
This project, led by Kimberly Kahn of Portland State University, explores social identity factors (race and gender) that influence drivers’ behavior in interactions with pedestrians at crosswalks. One dangerous potential point of conflict for pedestrians within the transportation system is interactions with drivers at crosswalks. In 2010, there was one crash-related pedestrian death every two hours and an injury every eight minutes, and racial minorities are disproportionately represented in these pedestrian fatalities. In light of this disparity, this project examines whether racial discrimination occurs at crosswalks, which may lead to disparate crossing experiences and disproportionate safety outcomes.
Barsamian Kahn, Kimberly. Walking While Black: Racial Bias at the Crosswalk. Project Brief NITC-RR-868. Portland, OR: Transportation Research and Education Center (TREC), 2017.