Abstract

Pedestrian crossing plays a vital role in urban transportation system. For any city, walking has always been a prime source of human mobility for short distance travel. With the increase in vehicular population, traffic congestion has become a major problem for safe operations of pedestrian crossing in most of the metropolitan cities. This has explained the planner for providing sufficient pedestrian gap for safe crossings on urban road, as this gap is not provided and has resulted in hazardous operation of pedestrian movement. Pedestrian behaviour is influenced by age, gender, crossing type, vehicular speed, and gap acceptance. This paper aims in understanding factors that influence pedestrian crossing behaviour and gap acceptance. Four locations were chosen for identification of Pedestrian crossing behaviour, gap characteristics, waiting time, crossing time, etc., in Hyderabad city. Two locations were mid-block and other two were intersections; one signalized and other un-signalized intersection. Study locations were selected based on land use pattern in the city. It was observed from the study that pedestrian behaviour and crossing patterns are different. A mathematical gap acceptance model was developed from the data which improves the pedestrian safety at mid-block location. This model is validated using the existing data. Further this model shall be used for designing safe operations of pedestrian movement at mid-block locations in urban cities which exhibits land use pattern of similar type.

Keywords
Pedestrian, Crossing Behaviour, Waiting Time, Gap Acceptance.

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