VOLUME 3, ISSUE 3

One Stop Safety Shop: Center for Transportation Safety Develops

Safety Resources Toolbox

When Center for Transportation Safety (CTS) Director Robert Wunderlich completed his tenure as president of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) in 2001, he was ready to step back awhile and let the next generation of transportation professionals take over. Fast forward to 2016 — he was ready to step back into an active role with ITE, and Associate Executive Director and Chief Technical Officer Jeff Lindley had just the task for him.

 

“The genesis of this project began when the ITE board decided that they should take an active role in promoting safety and in being a resource for transportation professionals to access information,” said Wunderlich. “They decided they wanted a safety toolbox. I had contacted a few people on the safety council and wanted to get back involved with ITE with a safety emphasis. Jeff Lindley called me and asked if I was interested in putting these resources together to create the toolbox.”

 

The Safety Resources Toolbox is a collection of practice-ready resources intended to aid transportation professionals in managing their own safety planning and programming. These resources, which come from a number of sources, are all digitally accessible. The items include technical reports, data analysis tools, on-demand webinars, and numerous other resources focused on traffic and roadway safety programs, policies, plans, guidelines, laws, data, evaluation techniques and countermeasures.

 

“My vision was that there was a wealth of information stored on the World Wide Web, and if someone could just pull that together, then we could create a resource full of links,” explained Wunderlich. “I developed a draft framework with input from TTI Senior Research Engineer (and also past ITE President) Brian Bochner, and presented it to our steering committee, and then we modified the framework accordingly. The framework outlined the classification categories and the approach we were going to use.”

 

When Wunderlich began trying to manage the wealth of available information, he quickly realized he needed help. That help came during a brown-bag luncheon while watching TTI Assistant Research Scientist Amber Trueblood’s presentation on using Qualtrics to perform literature reviews. Trueblood joined the research team and developed the web-based tool that enabled the curation process for the toolbox.

 

“Using the web-based tool, we were able to manage the distribution of resources to be entered by approximately 40 volunteers, including eight from TTI, that reviewed approximately 650 resources throughout the process,” said Trueblood. “It was an online, web-based tool, and one of the selling points was that it only took about five minutes to review a record and you could do it anywhere on your own time.”

 

The toolbox is a dynamic resource and will be updated regularly with new topics, resource links and functionalities. It covers all modes of transportation and even includes international practices.

 

“We have research reports, syntheses of practice, PowerPoints, websites, journal articles; it’s very expansive from that standpoint,” noted Trueblood. “As someone who came from a non-transportation background, to just have a place to start and find this information is very beneficial.”

 

“My belief has been that people are hungering for this information,” said Wunderlich. “Everyone is looking to improve safety, but they don’t always know where to turn. There’s a tremendous wealth of information that’s been developed, particularly in the last 10 to 15 years. I’d like for this to be the place you can find ideas, information and scientific research about all types of traffic safety. And it would be known as that place.”

 

For more information please visit: ITE Safety Resources Toolbox.

 

“Using the web-based tool, we were able to manage the distribution of resources to be entered by approximately 40 volunteers, including eight from TTI, that reviewed approximately 650 resources throughout the process.”

— TTI Assistant Research Scientist Amber Trueblood

“Everyone is looking to improve safety, but they don’t always know where to turn. There’s a tremendous wealth of information that’s been developed, particularly in the last 10 to 15 years. I’d like for this to be the place you can find ideas, information and scientific research about all types of traffic safety. And it would be known as that place.”

— Center for Transportation Safety (CTS) Director Robert Wunderlich

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Robert Wunderlich

 

Amber Trueblood