DEVELOPMENTS IN THE LAYOUT AND OPERATION OF MIDBLOCK PEDESTRIAN CROSSINGS IN THE UNITED KINGDOM

This paper reviews the development of midblock pedestrian crossings, considers recent changes in layout, and evaluates the effects of the interactions between pedestrians and vehicles. Layouts considered include uncontrolled crossings (Zebra), with and without refuges, and signal controlled crossings (Pelican), both single and dual with a staggered layout. Linked operation within Urban Traffic Control Systems is considered. Level of service is evaluated by applying microscopic simulation, based on observed behaviour, to calculate delay to pedestrians, and the associated delay for vehicles. It is shown that uncontrolled crossings provide the best level of service for pedestrians but at a cost of increased vehicle delay. Dual signal controlled crossings are found to be optimised for vehicle movement and shown to impose substantial delays on pedestrians. Alternative operating strategies and associated layouts for signalled midblock crossings are proposed. Recent developments, including the use of build outs, are briefly considered.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • The publisher's German name is Forschungsgesellschaft fur Strassen- und Verkehrswesen (FGSV).
  • Corporate Authors:

    Road and Transportation Research Association

    Postbox 50 13 62
    D-50973 Cologne,   Germany 
  • Authors:
    • HUNT, J
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  • Publication Date: 2000-6

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos; References;
  • Pagination: p. 586-597

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00794816
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FGSV 002/67
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 28 2000 12:00AM