AN ANALYSIS OF PEDESTRIAN REACTION TO THE FLASHING WALK INDICATION

In order to evaluate pedestrian reaction to the flashing WALK signal, an experiment was conducted which measured observation rate, which is the percentage of legal crossings, and conflict rate, which is the percentage of crossings occurring with a definite interruption. Five categories of crossings were delineated, and a steady WALK sign was used as a basis of comparison. It was found that both the observation rate and the conflict rate were lower for the flashing WALK, indicating the unclear nature of the sign, and its lack of pedestrian respect. The question remains whether the need for the flashing WALK sign balances the poor pedestrian reaction to it.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Institute of Traffic Engineers

    2029 K Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20006
  • Authors:
    • Sterling, C F
  • Publication Date: 1974-11

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  • Pagination: p. 20
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  • Accession Number: 00265310
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 11 1975 12:00AM