Self-Reported Pedestrian Mid-Block Crossing Behavior: Effects of Gender, Age and Region

This study explores unobservable factors which describe pedestrian mid-block crossing behavior. A mid-block is a location away from intersections where pedestrians cross in the absence of a crosswalk. An online questionnaire was developed that included 24 (5-point Likert type) items about pedestrian behaviors, mobility patterns, preferences, perceptions and attitudes along with demographic questions. 220 respondents (139 men and 81 women) from various developing and developed countries between the ages of 18 and 59 answered the questionnaire. Exploratory factor analysis produced four factors: risk-taking, wrong perception, walking for pleasure and walking pattern. Risk-taking and wrong perception had good internal reliability while walking for pleasure and walking pattern were not internally consistent. The effects of demographic variables on the factor scores were investigated. Men declared more risk-taking behavior as compared to women. Pedestrians in the age group 18-29 declared more risk-taking behavior as compared to the ones in the age group 30-39. Interestingly, region had no significant impact on risk-taking behavior. A weak correlation was discovered between signal violations and risk-taking behavior at mid-block. The results of the study provide better understanding of mid-block crossing behavior and can be helpful in planning and design of pedestrian crossing facilities at mid-block.


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 15p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01719221
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 19-04469
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Oct 8 2019 2:33PM