This article reviews the information presently known about pedestrian characteristics and suggests some interpretations of those facts and discusses how they could be applied to the design of transit stations and their immediate environs. Trip length, pedestrian range, increasing pedestrian range, and cost-benefit analysis are discussed. It is noted that the trip length distributions are conditioned by the size of the area, by the spatial distribution of economic activities, and various other factors such as climate. With respect to trip generation, it is noted that by substituting time for distance, it is reasonable that the trip generation rates can be expressed in time rings instead of distance rings. Then, reducing pedestrian travel time would increase transit station market potential. Average travel speed is the critical element in defining pedestrian range. Extending the range of downtown pedestrians means increasing trip length and trip frequency for an overall increase in the number of pedestrians on a given segment of the pedestrian system. The relationship between pedestrian volumes and the valuation of a commercial location is noted. Methods of increasing pedestrian range are broken down into distance reduction and time reduction. Station access improvements, auto restricted zones, increased pedestrian time at signalized intersections, mid-block crosswalks, and mid-block passageways are cited as types of improvements that would increase pedestrian range. Lastly, cost-benefit analysis is applied to time saving, pedestrian benefits, and station improvements.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE)

    Washington, DC  United States 
  • Authors:
    • Schoppert, D W
    • Herald, W S
  • Publication Date: 1978-3

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 13-15
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00176770
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 14 1978 12:00AM