Author(s): Varsha V, Bindhu B K
Published in: International Journal of Engineering Research & Technology
License: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
Volume/Issue: Volume. 5 - Issue. 08 , August - 2016
Signalized intersections are provided in traffic networks to improve the safety and efficiency of vehicular and pedestrian movement. In case of India, traffic heterogeneity and lack of discipline make the transferability of models developed in other countries infeasible. Pedestrian crossing behavior is a complex phenomenon for traffic engineers to analyze as they differ from person to person and also they tend to violate the green phase (when vehicles are moving) in order to reduce their delay keeping themselves at risk. The present study is an attempt to analyze the pedestrian crossing behavior according to the demographic characteristics like age, gender and crossing patterns at a signalized intersection at Pattom Junction, Trivandrum, Kerala. Analysis of field data yielded some notable observations as pedestrians adjust their crossing speed based on signal timing and length of crosswalk. Pedestrian walking speed at a crossing has been found to be varying from the assumed constant value 1.2 m/s recommended by Indian Road Congress (1985). Analysis of pedestrian walking speed on gender and age groups leads to an observation as average walking speed of a male is more than that of a female and adult is more than that of an old one. As the concept of pedestrian safety is drawing attention worldwide, the study also focuses on the need of enhancing traffic measures and implementing traffic management for the pedestrian safety.
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