Pedestrian and Cyclist Intersection Safety Sandbox

Project Description

The research is intended to implement a sandbox for one or more pilot or demonstration projects that use emerging technology solutions to improve pedestrian and/or cyclist safety in intersections. The sandbox will encompass a single intersection or corridor within the District. Envisioned solutions include:

  • Technology that enhances DDOT’s situational awareness of intersection activity to inform safety improvements
  • Technology that provides auditory or visual alerts for pedestrians, cyclists, and/or drivers approaching crosswalks based on real-time activity in the intersection

The research will fund a consultant to facilitate the program management and evaluation of this sandbox project. The primary tasks for the consultant will be to assist DDOT in finding an appropriate mix of vendors, facilitate pilots and provide incentive funds to help cover vendor pilot costs (using funds from project budget), and evaluate the pilots.

Project Need

Intersection crossing is increasingly a challenge for distracted pedestrians, seniors, and individuals with disabilities (e.g., low vision or mobility issues). Nationally, 5,376 pedestrians died in crashes in 2015, a 9.4% increase from the previous year. DC’s Vision Zero Initiative seeks to reach zero fatalities and serious injuries to travelers of DC’s transportation system, through more effective use of data, education, enforcement, and engineering. Part of both Vision Zero and DDOT’s long-range transportation plan, MoveDC, is a commitment to increase pedestrian and cyclist safety at intersections.

As the Nation’s Capital, DDOT receives numerous vendor pitches for emerging technology solutions. However, because of the nascent nature of these solutions, their potential benefit to the agency is often difficult to assess and, if deemed suitable, often difficult to champion toward implementation.

Given these issues, a more strategic approach for testing applications of innovative solutions for Vision Zero is needed.

Desired Outcome & Expected Benefits

The research should result in implementation and evaluation of one or more pilot or demonstrations of emerging technology for pedestrian and/or cyclist safety in intersections.  The implementation and evaluation should further provide insight into the feasibility and usability of these technologies, thereby enabling DDOT to make more informed decisions on whether to pursue a full-scale implementation. Ultimately, this research should improve safety outcomes for pedestrians and cyclists in the District.

Additionally, as this will be the first instance of DDOT’s use of a sandbox approach for procurement and evaluation of emerging technology solutions, it could be used as a model for future sandbox projects to address a variety of DDOT needs.


Consultant tasks are as follows:

  1. Sandbox Program Management
    1. Solicitation Outreach
    2. Facilitation of Awards
    3. Facilitation of Installation, Maintenance, and Removal
  2. Evaluation
    1. Establish Evaluation Criteria and Gather Data
    2. Assess Impacts

DDOT posted a request for information (RFI) to identify potential technologies to pilot as part of this project in May 2021. Responses are due May 31, 2021. The RFI is available here.

Project Oversight

DDOT Stakeholders

Research, ITS, ITS Maintenance, Vision Zero, Performance Management

Peer Reviewers

Meeting notes

Quarterly updates

QuarterProgress this quarterIssues Encountered
FY21 Q1Additional funds obligated. Task issued and project is active as of 12/28/2020.
FY21 Q2Project kickoff held in January 2021, team is drafting the RFI and preparing what can be done before that is issued.Need OCP's assistance to post RFI, so need to work through their process.
FY21 Q3RFI posted on 5/11/21, responses due 5/31/21
FY21 Q4Deliverables on site and vendor selection received. Finalizing vendor awards. Potentially partnering with DTPR on a signage/feedback pilot.
FY22 Q1

Consultant coordinated with identified vendors to get additional information needed for deployment. DDOT worked internally on identifying necessary steps to allow and support field deployments by vendors. Continued to meet regularly with consultant.

This project will need a time extension given that deployments will not be happening until the spring. The RFI was delayed last year and that has set the project back overall

Project Materials

Any relevant materials, including problem statement, scope of work, interim deliverables, reports, data can be uploaded below.

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PDF File RFI DCKA-2021-I-0049.pdf

16 Mar, 2022 by Former user