Improving Pedestrian Priority in UTC Systems



Improving Pedestrian Priority in UTC Systems

Authors

AUSTIN K and MARTIN B, Halcrow Fox, UK

Description

UTC offers a means of managing traffic that should provide benefits for all road users. However, within UTC areas (both fixed time and SCOOT), traffic signals are usually optimised for vehicular traffic (incllading buses). Whilst this may be appropriate d

Abstract

UTC offers a means of managing traffic that should provide benefits for all road users. However, within UTC areas (both fixed time and SCOOT), traffic signals are usually optimised for vehicular traffic (incllading buses). Whilst this may be appropriate during peak periods, delays for pedestrians at other times are often excessive, which may result in a greater level of pedestrian risk.

Almost 4 000 pedestrians were injured in accidents at or within 50 metres of pelican crossings in Great Britain in 1994. The number of casualties distributed by age and severity is shown in Table 1.1.

Whilst it was not possible to determine whether these accidents occurred within UTC areas, almost a quarter of Pelican Crossings are within UTC control (County Surveyors Society, 1994) and tend to be located in areas of greatest pedestrian activity, i.e. in town centres. Improvements in pedestrian priority at these sites is therefore important.

Publisher

Association for European Transport