Google Street View assessment of environmental safety features at the scene of pedestrian automobile injury

As the number of pedestrian fatalities increases, greater efforts are underway to reduce pedestrian-vehicle crashes and improve pedestrian safety. Pedestrian traffic safety features have often been ineffective, in part, due to difficulties obtaining accurate assessments at the site of injury. Google Street View, which has compiled a detailed street-level view of most major cities in North America and Europe, has been proposed as a potential method of assessing an area's pedestrian safety features. The authors use Google Street View at pedestrian-vehicle crash sites to examine the relationship between six environmental safety features (high-visibility crosswalks, pedestrian refuge islands, sidewalks, traffic signals, fewer than six lanes at a crossing point, and pedestrian countdown signals) and pedestrian mortality. Using a sample of 631 crash victims identified via trauma registry in Phoenix, Arizona, the authors use a logistic regression model to evaluate the impact of safety features on mortality. Their findings suggest that Google Street View may be a viable tool to study the impact of pedestrian safety features.


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  • Accession Number: 01747017
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 18 2019 2:34PM