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Pedestrians' preferences regarding signalised crossings, footbridges, and underpasses

Anciaes, PR; Jones, P; (2016) Pedestrians' preferences regarding signalised crossings, footbridges, and underpasses. (Street Mobility and Network Accessibility Working Paper 09). University College London (UCL): London, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

This paper reports the results of a survey to understand the preferences of pedestrians towards using different types of crossing facilities. Participants were first asked to indicate how comfortable they felt using different types of crossings. Footbridges and underpasses were systematically rated below signalised crossings. Participants were then presented with a scenario where crossing the road at their current location was impossible and were asked to choose between walking additional times to reach certain types of facility or avoid crossing the road altogether. The analysis of the choices using a mixed logit model found that participants chose staggered signalised crossings, footbridges, and underpasses, if the walking times to those crossings were respectively 1.1, 4.6, and 4.1 minutes shorter than the times to access straight signalised crossings. On average, participants only chose to avoid crossing the road if the straight signalised crossings were located at least 20.7 minutes away. Older participants required greater reductions and participants who walk to work required smaller reductions in walking time in order to use facilities other than straight crossings. The values obtained were slightly smaller and not always statistically significant when using a conditional logit formulation. The study provides information that is useful for policy decisions about the frequency of provision and the type of pedestrian facilities provided to cross busy roads.

Type: Working / discussion paper
Title: Pedestrians' preferences regarding signalised crossings, footbridges, and underpasses
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/street-mobility/docs/ucl_str...
Language: English
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Civil, Environ and Geomatic Eng
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1505651
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