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Pedestrians’ behaviour in cross walks: The effects of fear of falling and age

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  • Avineri, Erel

    (University of the West of England, Bristol, UK)

  • Shinar, David

    (Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel)

  • Susilo, Yusak O.

    () (Royal Institute of Technology (KTH))

Abstract

Pedestrians are exposed to risks when crossing roads in urban areas. The crossing behaviour of pedestrians was studied as a factor contributing to their exposure to risks on the road and to their involvement in road accidents. This work explores two specific aspects of crossing behaviour: crossing speed and head pitches – the proportion of time pedestrians point their heads down (rather than towards the traffic) when crossing a road. The last one is used as an indicator of the (lack of) attention to cross-traffic. We also explored the possible effect of fear of falling (FOF) among pedestrians, as it might be associated with slow walking, less attention to cross traffic, and more attention to the pavement and their footsteps. This paper reports on a field study that combined an observatory technique with short survey. 203 pedestrians in two sites (signalised and unsignalised crosswalks) were video recorded while crossing the road. The FOF of pedestrians and other measures of pedestrian behaviour at crosswalks were revealed by means of questionnaire. Age and gender had the most significant effects on crossing speed, and FOF had a significant effect on the proportion of downward head pitches during crossing.

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  • Avineri, Erel & Shinar, David & Susilo, Yusak O., 2011. "Pedestrians’ behaviour in cross walks: The effects of fear of falling and age," Working papers in Transport Economics 2011:18, CTS - Centre for Transport Studies Stockholm (KTH and VTI).
  • Handle: RePEc:hhs:ctswps:2011_018
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    1. María Ángeles Onieva-García & Virginia Martínez-Ruiz & Pablo Lardelli-Claret & José Juan Jiménez-Moleón & Carmen Amezcua-Prieto & Juan de Dios Luna-del-Castillo & Eladio Jiménez-Mejías, 2016. "Gender and age differences in components of traffic-related pedestrian death rates: exposure, risk of crash and fatality rate," Injury Epidemiology, Springer;Columbia University Medical Center, vol. 3(1), pages 1-10, December.

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    Keywords

    Crossing behaviour; FOF (fear of falling); Age;

    JEL classification:

    • I00 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - General - - - General
    • O18 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Urban, Rural, Regional, and Transportation Analysis; Housing; Infrastructure
    • Z00 - Other Special Topics - - General - - - General

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