Walkability of School Surroundings and its Impact on Pedestrian Behaviour

Shbeeb, Lina and Awad, Wael (2013) Walkability of School Surroundings and its Impact on Pedestrian Behaviour. TeMA Journal of Land Use, Mobility and Environment, 6 (2 ). pp. 171-188. ISSN 1970-9870

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Pedestrian safety due to traffic accidents is seen as a serious problem in Jordan. It is believed that walking environment is a contributory factor. This study looks into pedestrian environment in schools’ vicinity. Seventeen schools were selected and 231 students were followed from school to home. Pedestrian walking environment for each student trip was assessed by considering the sidewalk and crossing facilities; driver and pedestrian behavior; attractiveness and school location. Analysis indicated that pedestrian environment is rather poor and very few walking paths are in good conditions. Behavior of each pedestrian was observed by considering the trip time; walking time on sidewalk and on pavement; crossing time; number of crossings; and involvement of conflicts. Results showed that 15% of observed subjects were involved in conflicts. Average walking time is 17 minutes; almost half of this time is spent either by walking on street or crossing. On average, children cross two junctions on their way back from school. Females are involved in less conflict and they spend less time in traffic. Drivers give priority to pedestrian in one-thirds of all observed crossings with preference to males.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Pedestrians, walking behavior, pedestrian safety, school routes, children accidents.
Subjects: 700 Arti, Belle arti e Arti decorative > 710 Urbanistica e paesistica > 711 Urbanistica (Pianificazione territoriale) (Classificare le opere d'insieme su Urbanistica e Architettura in 720; classificare le opere interdisciplinari sull'Urbanistica in 307.12) > 711.1 Urbanistica – Aspetti procedurali e sociali (Pianificazione territoriale - Aspetti procedurali e sociali)
Depositing User: Rosa Anna La Rocca
Date Deposited: 12 Sep 2013 12:07
Last Modified: 12 Sep 2013 12:07
URI: http://eprints.bice.rm.cnr.it/id/eprint/6740

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