Pedestrian Route Choice: an Empirical Study



Pedestrian Route Choice: an Empirical Study

Authors

VERLANDER N Q and HEYDECKER B G, University College London, UK

Description

There has been relatively little work done on route choice for pedestrians. The present paper addresses this issue by using a sample survey of daily walks in a UK urban area. The walks undertaken are reconstructed using a geographical information system a

Abstract

There has been relatively little work done on route choice for pedestrians. The present paper addresses this issue by using a sample survey of daily walks in a UK urban area. The walks undertaken are reconstructed using a geographical information system and compared with the shortest available route. It was found that about 75 per cent of walkers in the sample chose the shortest available route. Two strategies were used to synthesise sets from which pedestrians could have chosen their routes. These choice sets can then be used in discrete choice modelling to study route choice and to determine which factors are important to pedestrians in this. At the time of writing, it is proposed to proceed with this modelling.

The structure of the paper is as follows. Section 2 describes the various sources of data used in this work, section 3 discusses the choice set generation strategies that were developed, section 4 briefly compares the walks with the corresponding shortest routes, while section 5 presents the conclusions that were drawn from this.

Publisher

Association for European Transport