Road Safety and Risk Management for Pedestrians (Hybrid)

9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Center for Health and Safety Innovation

Date: April 3, 2023
Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Location: Centre for Health and Safety Innovation at 5110 Creekbank Rd, Mississauga AND via Zoom

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While the frequency of collisions on our road network has been trending downward, the number of pedestrian collisions has been on the rise in most urban areas across the province and throughout North America. This increase is not accidental and us, as transportation practitioners, have the knowledge and ability to reverse this undesirable trend. Vulnerable road user safety must be placed at the forefront through continuous improvements to the planning, design, operations, and maintenance of our infrastructure.

The OTC is offering a comprehensive practitioner level workshop dedicated to pedestrian safety that is unique in North America. The day will begin with an overview of the state-of-the practice in road user safety, common pedestrian safety issues, and potential contributory factors. The remainder of the course systematically walks the participants through modules on proactive safety, intersections/controlled crossings, designing to optimize accessibility, lighting and visibility, rail crossings, bridges, interchanges, among others. Each module includes cases studies from actual in-service safety reviews, safety audits and/or legal cases in Ontario, and direct linkages to the Highway Safety Manual and other primary industry resources. Participants will also be involved with a virtual field investigation for a “hands on” pedestrian safety review.

Learning Objectives

After successfully completing the workshops participants should be able to:

  • Understand the state-of-the-practice in road safety engineering as it relates to pedestrian facilities and operations.
  • Develop a basic network screening process to determine higher risk locations and dominant collision types experienced.
  • Identify common pedestrian operational and maintenance safety concerns, and potential hazards on our facilities and networks, and select proven and low-cost countermeasures and remedial actions.
  • Gain knowledge on how to design pedestrian facilities to provide accessibility for persons with disabilities.
  • Review and develop policies and practices to improve pedestrian safety.
  • Identify potential operational/safety issues and potential hazards of a proposed plan or design through a safety audit or preliminary risk assessment exercise.
  • Locate readily available key resources related safety, design, operations, and maintenance.

Who Should Attend

This course would be of benefit for the following staff involved in transportation planning, design, and operations, as well as maintenance of roads, sidewalks, trails, and paths:

  • Transportation planners;
  • Transportation engineers/technologists;
  • AT managers and their staff;
  • Public works and road maintenance personnel; and
  • Others involved in the management, operations, and maintenance of roadways, sidewalks, and other pedestrian facilities.


Russell Brownlee, M.A.Sc., RSP1, FITE, P.Eng., is the CEO of True North Safety Group, where he provides expert opinions and forensic investigations in the areas of transportation system design, operations, and maintenance, primarily related to road and rail facilities. He is a licensed Engineer in the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, and Ontario, and holds the Road Safety Professional Level 1 certification.

He has completed safety reviews for the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario and many of regions and major municipalities in Ontario, including comprehensive pedestrian safety reviews along the Region of Durham corridors bordering the UOIT/ Durham College and Whitby GO train sites. Most recently, He completed pedestrian risk assessments at the Eglinton Crosstown LRT at-grade intersections, and safety reviews at four City of Ottawa at-grade rail crossings.

Russell has presented/published on the topics of pedestrian safety and led an in-service pedestrian safety review workshop at the Institute of Transportation Engineers Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas. Russell was invited to present at OTC’s 2016 Annual Meeting on the topic of Safety and Risk Management of Our Active Transportation Systems, and had an article published in Municipal World Magazine titled: Active Transportation: Is your municipality adequately responding to this revival?

Alexandre Nolet, M. Eng., RSP1, P. Eng. is the Director of Transportation Safety and Forensics at True North Safety Group, a firm dedicated to transportation safety and risk management. Alexandre has over 15 years of experience in the transportation consulting industry where his focus has been on road safety audits, collision analysis, vulnerable road user safety, and risk management. At TNS Group, Alex provides independent opinion to legal matters related to the design, construction, operations and maintenance of transportation facilities including intersections, interchanges, highways, walkways/trails, bike infrastructure, and railway crossings.

Alexandre has developed and provided several training workshops for transportation organizations and associations such as chapters of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), the Ontario Traffic Conference (OTC), the Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA) and the Quebec Transportation Association (Association québécoise des transports). He has developed and taught workshops on Safety AnalystTM, the fundamentals and applications of the AASHTO Highway Safety Manual (HSM), locating and designing transit stops for safety, bicycle facility safety and risk management, pedestrian facility safety, and safety at at-grade railway crossings.

Alexandre is a past-President of the Canadian Association of Road Safety Professionals (CARSP) and a member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE). He was recently the Chair of the CITE Accessibility committee, which undertook a state-of-the-practice review of accessibility guidelines in Canada.

Josée Dumont, M.A.Sc., RSP2IB, P.Eng., is a Transportation Safety Engineer at True North Safety Group, with over 15 years of experience in transportation engineering. She holds a master’s degree in transportation engineering from the University of Toronto and is a registered professional engineer in Ontario and Québec. She also holds the Road Safety Professional Level 2 certification with both the infrastructure and behavioural specialties.

Josée’s transportation safety experience includes site safety and operations assessments, in-service road safety reviews, road safety audits, and policy review and development. Josée has completed several safety assessments for various types of transportation facilities, including active transportation infrastructure, intersections, corridors, and accesses. She has recently been involved in a safety review of transit, vehicles, and active transportation users interactions for the Eglinton Crosstown LRT infrastructure, in the City of Toronto. She has also developed a pedestrian safety program for the Town of Oakville, which involved the development of a prioritization methodology to identify and prioritize locations for future pedestrian crossings throughout the municipality.

Josée is a member of CARSP and ITE and was retained to develop three workshop modules on road safety for the Global Road Safety Facility group of the World Bank, including road safety in geometric design, road safety at intersections and road safety through positive guidance. She has also taught a module on Roadway Safety Management and Systemic Safety Approaches as part of a Fundamentals and Practical Applications of the AASHTO Highway Safety Manual course offered through the Greater Vancouver Section of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE).

Workshop Agenda
9:00 a.m. Introduction to Active Transportation Safety and Risks
9:15 a.m. Safety Analysis Methods
9:45 a.m. Dominant Conflict Types and Contributory Factors
10:15 a.m. Coffee Break
10:30 a.m. Planning and Designing Pedestrian Facilities for Safety
11:00 a.m. Intersections, Accesses, and Controlled Crossings
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. Virtual Field Visit and Case Study
1:45 p.m. Lighting, Delineation and Visibility
2:15 p.m. Accessibility and AODA
2:45 p.m. Break
3:00 p.m. Unique/Specific Facilities
3:30 p.m. Bridges, Interchanges, Rural Areas
4:00 p.m. Summary and Discussion


Member Price $289 + HST (In-Person and Virtual)

Non-Member Price $389 + HST (In-Person and Virtua)


Event registration closes at 5:00 p.m. EST on April 1, 2023

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