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FACTORS AFFECTING PEDESTRIAN WALKING SPEEDS

Al-Azzawi, M (2004) FACTORS AFFECTING PEDESTRIAN WALKING SPEEDS. PhD thesis, Napier University.

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    Abstract/Description

    The movement of pedestrians in the urban environment is vital for sustaining the social and economic relationships essential to the quality of life. To enable and encourage walking, suitable facilities must be available and planning and
    implementing such facilities requires an understanding of the characteristics of pedestrian movements. This thesis examined the factors which influence walking speeds, related them to current pedestrian modelling techniques and developed a series of new models to improve their estimation. A comprehensive review of current practices and procedures for modelling pedestrian walking speeds was carried out,
    identifying the factors currently used in existing methodology and highlighted its deficiencies. A significant finding from this study was that the industry-standard Highway Capacity Manual (HCM) methodology as it currently stands is not fully
    applicable to the types of walking environments that were the subject of this research (on-street walkways in UK shopping and Central Business District areas). It was shown there is a need to provide more holistic relationships which take into account the interactions between the characteristics of pedestrians and their walking environments (both built and natural). A number of additional factors which have a
    significant affect on walking speeds were identified and a series of new statistical relationships were developed which were also tested and validated against independent data. The predictive performance of the new models was also compared
    against the leading industry-standard methodology and shown to provide significantly better estimates. Future areas of research were also identified and described.

    The research thus provided a greater understanding of the dynamics affecting walking speeds, thereby helping to assist transport planners and engineers with the study and design of suitable pedestrian facilities.

    Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Pedestrians; Walking speed; Control factors; Pedestrian modelling; Highway Capacity Manual; Statistics;
    University Divisions/Research Centres: Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Creative Industries > School of Engineering and the Built Environment
    Dewey Decimal Subjects: 000 Computer science, information & general works > 000 Computer science, knowledge & systems > 005 Computer programming, programs & data
    300 Social sciences > 380 Commerce, communications & transportation > 388 Transportation; ground transportation
    Library of Congress Subjects: H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
    Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
    Item ID: 2749
    Depositing User: Dr. David A. Cumming
    Date Deposited: 10 Jul 2009 10:35
    Last Modified: 12 Jan 2011 04:50
    URI: http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/id/eprint/2749

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