A Study of Four Styles of Pedestrian Crossings



A Study of Four Styles of Pedestrian Crossings

Authors

CRABTREE M R, Transport Research Laboratory, UK

Description

Pelican crossings are well established in the UK and in general they succeed in allowing pedestrians to cross roads safely without too much disruption to vehicular traffic. In recent years however, there has been increasing awareness that it might be poss

Abstract

Pelican crossings are well established in the UK and in general they succeed in allowing pedestrians to cross roads safely without too much disruption to vehicular traffic. In recent years however, there has been increasing awareness that it might be possible to improve the safety and efficiency of signalled pedestrian crossings. So, to improve on the Pelican crossing, the Puffin crossing has been developed and it has been the subject of several trials already. The main differences between the Pelican and Puffin are that the Puffin has a variable-length clearance period for pedestrians, controlled by on-crossing pedestrian detectors, and that the far-side red/green-man aspects are no longer used.

This paper describes a further trial carried out by TRL for DITM division of the Department of Transport. In it, four styles of pedestrian crossing were assessed against one- another at a single site: standard Pelican; standard Puffin; Puffin with standard MOVA (Microprocessor Optimised Vehicle Actuation, TRL's real-time method of isolated junction signal control); and Puffin with pedestrian-volume-sensitive MOVA. The final survey involved the use of a new style of overhead detector that measures the volume of pedestrians waiting to cross. The crossings were assessed for delays to pedestrians and vehicular traffic. To permit the refinement of the volume sensitive detector, pedestrian behaviour was also studied.

Publisher

Association for European Transport