PERCEPTION OF SHORTEST GAPS BY PEDESTRIANS

The article describes a secondary experiment which should contribute to the elimination of two difficulties encountered in previous experiments regarding the perception of the shortest space between pedestrian and vehicle during road crossing. Participants in the experiment were requested to cross the street as late as was possible without their being endangered by the oncoming vehicle. The time interval from the moment the pedestrian actually left the curb and the arrival of the vehicle at that point was measured. This method was repeated in every case thus enabling the time interval to be established for each participant. In general the results were not surprising although significant conclusions were reached. The wider the street to be crossed, the greater the space required by the pedestrian between himself and the oncoming vehicle. This interval was closely related to the walking pace of the respective participant. It would appear that long spaces were less accurately assessed than short. The report facilitates conclusions concerning the design of crossings and the traffic education of children. /TRRL/

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    Tetzlaff Verlag GmbH

    Havelstrosse 9, Postfach 4006
    D-6100 Darmstadt 1,   Germany 
  • Authors:
    • Chapmand, R A
  • Publication Date: 1976

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  • Accession Number: 00174129
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Bundesanstalt für Straßenwesen (BASt)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 29 1978 12:00AM