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U.S. Department of Transportation and City of Boston Partnership Reduces Pedestrian Fatalities


Truck side guards are safety devices designed to prevent pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcyclists from being swept under and run over by a large truck's rear wheels in side-impact collisions. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Volpe National Transportation Systems Center (Volpe) has successfully advanced its adoption by partnering with several U.S. cities to deploy truck side guard safety technologies to address the deadliest and most over-represented road crashes between large trucks and pedestrians or bicyclists.

In 2012, Boston officials contacted Volpe to volunteer as a test bed city. It launched a side guard pilot safety technology adoption on 18 city-owned trucks in May 2013, initiating the truck side guard T2 process. In 2014, Volpe advised and Boston issued the nation's first mandatory side-guard ordinance for public and private truck fleets, which took effect in May 2015 and reached 230 trucks in the first year.

Volpe continues to be an important partner to the City of Boston in providing R&D support and advising the City on best practices for transportation.

Volpe and Boston were honored for their outstanding partnership work with FLC awards in 2015 and 2016.

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