Pedestrian and Drivers Behavior in Street Crossings with Flashing Green Beacon
N Eliou, A Galanis, University of Thessaly Volos, GR
This paper examines the pedestrians? behavior in street crossings with flashing green beacon, while simultaneously the cars turn right or left with flashing orange beacon. According to the Greek Highway Code, the pedestrians have always right of way in situations like that. However, it is not always implemented by the car drivers. As a result, the risk of the pedestrians? crossing the street is raised, as they are forced to cross the street even with red traffic light.
This study took place in the Greek city of Volos, during December 2008. More than 2000 pedestrians were examined with the use of a video camera in two signalized intersections in the center of the city. During the elaboration of the data the pedestrians were separated by sex, age and during the crossing of the street being alone or in a group. Furthermore, the study examines the pedestrians? behavior as they wait to cross the street, either on the pavement or in the street, the choice of crossing the street either with flashing green or red traffic light and the necessary time of doing so. Also, examines the cases that the drivers stopped to give right of way to the pedestrians.
One of the results of the study was that about 90% of the drivers did not give right of way to the pedestrians on the crosswalks. This raises the risk of the vulnerable road users in walking and crossing the streets. Furthermore, the study presents the lack of the correct driving behavior of the drivers, towards the pedestrians. Finally, the study criticizes the correct design and functional approach of this type of intersections from the aspect of the pedestrians? road safety.
Association for European Transport