Understanding and Using Signalized Crossings in Australia: The Pedestrian's Perspective


Pedestrian fatalities in developed countries comprise between 11% (USA) and 22% (Great Britain) of all road fatalities. This figure is much higher in developing countries where pedestrians comprise a large proportion of the road fatalities, with estimates ranging from 39% in Tanzania to 75% in Cote d'Ivoire. Observational research tells us how pedestrians behave while crossing the road but fails to tell us why pedestrians may adhere to or ignore signals at pedestrian crossings. The way in which pedestrians evaluate signalized crossings, how they perceive the signals, and how they choose to make use of the information presented is not well documented. The views of Australian pedestrians towards signalized pedestrian crossings are presented here.

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