PROTECTIVE MEASURES FOR PEDESTRIANS, ILLUSTRATED USING THE EXAMPLE OF THE PROTECTED CROSSINGS ON TRUNK ROADS IN LOWER AUSTRIA

MASSANHMEN ZUM SCHUTZE DES FUSSGAENGERVERKEHRS. AUFGEZEIGT AM BEISPIEL DER SCHUTZWEGE AUF DEN BUNDESSTRASSEN IN NIEDEROESTERREICH

An evaluation of the effects of an increase in the number of protected crossings on trunk roads in lower Austria showed that between 1952 and 1968 the number of such crossings - marked by signs and flashing yellow lights - grew relatively rapidly. From 1969 to 1976 there was a substantial reduction in the annual increase rate. The reason for this trend was the acknowledgement by the administrating law courts that the cost of such pedestrian protection measures should be borne by the road authority whereas these were previously carried by the local authority. Because of this a phase of more accurate investigations was introduced which was strengthened by the fact that in 1969 regulations were set up in Austria for the first time which made selection possible by relating the factors frequency of vehicles, frequency of pedestrians and road width. The reduction in the number of protected crossings from 1969 onwards became obvious mainly in those areas in which a low vehicle frequency enables sufficient possibilities for safe crossing of the carriageway and also where the established pedestrian frequencies are low. This development is enthusiastically welcomed from the traffic engineering aspect since an excess of crossings results in a driver's concentration being overtaxed in one direction and an increasing lack of driver attention leads to danger to pedestrians. (TRRL)

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    Manzsche Verlags-und Universitaetsbuchhandlung

    Kohlmart 16
    1014 Vienna,   Austria 
  • Authors:
    • ZIBUSCHKA, F
  • Publication Date: 1978-5

Language

  • German

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  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: p. 154-159
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00309599
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Bundesanstalt für Straßenwesen (BASt)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 9 1980 12:00AM