Evaluation of the effectiveness of enhanced information at pedestrian crossings

Enhanced information at pedestrian crossings, the so called FIVÖ system, is efficient in terms of increasing the pedestrian experience of safety and security at the crossing.

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of FIVÖ systems, and to catch pedestrians and drivers of passing vehicles point of view.

The study includes a preliminary examination of crashes at pedestrian crossings, speed measurements at a selection of sites, and interviews with pedestrians, cyclists and motorists passing the FIVÖ systems. The results show that most crashes at pedestrian crossings take place in an urban area in connection with an intersection where the speed limit is 50 km/h. For the sites for evaluation, the results of speed measurements show a significant speed reduction (~ 2.2 km/h) when a FIVÖ system was activated compared to when there was no active system. Furthermore, the results show that both pedestrians and cyclists feel that the system contributes to an increased safety and feeling of security. Motorists have the impression that the system helps to facilitate the task of detecting pedestrians and cyclists at the crossing point. There are some potential improvements for visibility. Motorists, pedestrians and cyclists believe that the light used in the tested FIVÖ systems can be improved and amplified.

Keywords

  • Traffic safety
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  • Pedestrian crossing
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  • Warning
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  • Flashing light
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  • Safety
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  • Evaluation (assessment)
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  • Medelhastighet
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  • Driver
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  • Pedestrian
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  • Cyclist
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  • Attityder
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  • Research area: Traffic safety
  • Published: 2010-09-09
  • VTI-code: N16-2010

VTI notat 16-2010 (30 pages + 5 Appendices including 16 pages, 1 913 kB, written in Swedish with an English summary)

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