Behaviors of older pedestrians at crosswalks in South Korea

Choi, J, Tay, R, Kim, S and Jeong, S 2019, 'Behaviors of older pedestrians at crosswalks in South Korea', Accident Analysis and Prevention, vol. 127, pp. 231-235.


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Title Behaviors of older pedestrians at crosswalks in South Korea
Author(s) Choi, J
Tay, R
Kim, S
Jeong, S
Year 2019
Journal name Accident Analysis and Prevention
Volume number 127
Start page 231
End page 235
Total pages 5
Publisher Elsevier
Abstract This paper aims to explore three walking behaviors of older pedestrians that may increase their crash risks when crossing urban streets. Older and younger pedestrians' start-up delay in initiating a crossing and number of head turns during street crossing are observed at 30 pedestrian crossings in Seoul, South Korea, using video recorders. In addition, their estimation of the safe crossing distance to an approaching vehicle is collected in a survey. Our study shows that older pedestrians have a shorter start-up delay time than younger pedestrians, older pedestrians crossing streets turn their heads less frequently, and older pedestrians provide less reliable estimates about the distance of an approaching vehicle. Safety technologies, campaigns and environmental designs should target these behaviors to improve the safety of older pedestrians.
Subject Road Transportation and Freight Services
Keyword(s) Crosswalk
Distance estimation
Head turn
Older pedestrian behavior
Start-up time
DOI - identifier 10.1016/j.aap.2019.03.005
Copyright notice © 2019 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
ISSN 0001-4575
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