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Analysis of pedestrian-vehicle traffic conflicts in street designs with elements of shared space

Kaparias, I., Bell, M. G. H., Dong, W. , Sastrawinata, A., Singh, A., Wang, X. & Mount, B. (2013). Analysis of pedestrian-vehicle traffic conflicts in street designs with elements of shared space. Transportation Research Record, 2393, pp. 21-30. doi: 10.3141/2393-03

Abstract

This paper investigates changes in pedestrian-vehicle traffic conflicts in urban streets redesigned according to the principles of shared space, using a recently developed Pedestrian-Vehicle Conflicts Analysis (PVCA) method. In a first step, the PVCA method is revised to more accurately reflect the features of shared space: this includes the definition of a systematic process for identifying conflict occurrences on one hand, and the full quantification of the conflict severity grading process on the other. Then, the refined PVCA method is applied to a case study in London, using video data from periods before and after the redevelopment of the Exhibition Road site from a conventional dual carriageway to a modern design with some elements of shared space. The results of the comparative analysis carried out indicate a general decrease in traffic conflict rates as a result of the redesign, but also highlight specific issues that may require additional analysis.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: Copyright 2014 Transportation Research Board of the National Academies
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
Departments: School of Science & Technology > Engineering
School of Science & Technology > Engineering > Mechanical Engineering & Aeronautics
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