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Lighting and pedestrian reassurance at night time

Fotios, S; Unwin, J; (2013) Lighting and pedestrian reassurance at night time. In: Warren, Julian and Pathomthat, Chiradeja, (eds.) Proceedings of the 7th Lux Pacifica Conference: Cultural Lighting. (pp. pp. 23-31). The Illuminating Engineering Institute of Japan: Thailand: Bangkok. Green open access

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Abstract

This article presents the first findings of a novel experiment carried out to determine whether the presence of road lighting contributes to pedestrians’ reassurance after dark, with the aim of recording their evaluation without placing emphasis on lighting. In 130 of the 210 locations discussed in interviews, road lighting was mentioned as a reason for the presence or absence of reassurance, a similar frequency to spatial features, less frequent than access to help, but more frequent than familiarity or the presence of threatening other people. These results suggest that road lighting can play an important role in improving reassurance. The method provides more confidence than previous studies because the effect of lighting was not enhanced by obvious changes of lighting.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Lighting and pedestrian reassurance at night time
Event: 7th Lux Pacifica Conference: Cultural Lighting
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Dates: 15 April 2013 - 16 April 2013
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://research.swu.ac.th/booksfile/PROCEEDING_CUL...
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: road lighting, pedestrians, reassurance
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 the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Bartlett School Env, Energy and Resources
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1511704
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