Effects of installing a marked crosswalk on road crossing behaviour and perceptions of the environment.

Havard, Catriona and Willis, Alexandra (2012) Effects of installing a marked crosswalk on road crossing behaviour and perceptions of the environment. Transportation Research Part F, 15 (3). pp. 249-260. ISSN 1369-8478

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A two-pronged study was conducted to investigate (a) pedestrians’ road-crossing behaviour and (b) perceptions of the walking environment, both before and after the installation of a marked crosswalk (zebra crossing) at a single case-study location in Edinburgh, UK. The observational and questionnaire surveys indicated that: (a) pedestrians were significantly more likely to use the location to cross the road, waited significantly less time to cross, and walked significantly more slowly after the zebra had been installed compared
with before; and (b) people felt safer, less vulnerable to traffic and more confident when crossing the road after the zebra had been installed. The results indicate that installing a marked crosswalk such as a zebra crossing can significantly enhance the road-crossing experience of pedestrians and therefore improve the walking journey more broadly.

Item Type: Article
Print ISSN: 1369-8478
Electronic ISSN: 1873-5517
Uncontrolled Keywords: road crossing; pedestrian; environment; planning; transport; observation; real-world
University Divisions/Research Centres: Faculty of Health, Life & Social Sciences > School of Life, Sport and Social Sciences
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 380 Commerce, communications & transportation > 388 Transportation; ground transportation
Library of Congress Subjects: H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
Item ID: 5474
Depositing User: Dr Alexandra Willis
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2012 11:56
Last Modified: 22 Nov 2012 14:07

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