Shortened delivery windows and technological advances in logistics are reshaping freight in Nourban areas and bringing new safety concerns to the fore. North Carolina has seen increases in freight trips and will likely see new modes for last-mile delivery introduced in coming years. As urban freight volumes rise, governments and firms are looking for creative city logistics strategies that allow for fast, reliable, and safe freight deliveries. But the impacts of urban goods movement on road safety are under-studied. While many urban areas have a goal of improving the safety of freight delivery, there is little existing information on how the delivery of goods in metropolitan areas impacts road safety for freight operators and all road users.
This project addresses this critical gap in urban freight road safety information by 1) identifying a set of Key Performance Indicators for the safety of NC’s Urban Freight System, 2) quantifying KPIs for NC and metropolitan areas, and 3) developing recommendations for future monitoring. This project involves close coordination of the research team with LFD staff and stakeholders such as regional and statewide Freight Advisory Committees. LFD staff will facilitate connections with other DOT units such as the Traffic Safety Unit and Transportation Mobility and Safety. The project will increase general practice knowledge of the safety of the urban freight system and strategies for monitoring this important issue moving forward.