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Walking the talk: Comparing pedestrian ‘activity as imagined’ with ‘activity as done’

Walking the talk: Comparing pedestrian ‘activity as imagined’ with ‘activity as done’
Walking the talk: Comparing pedestrian ‘activity as imagined’ with ‘activity as done’

The safety of vulnerable road users, including pedestrians, is an important issue worldwide. In line with the shift towards systems thinking in transport safety, the aim of this study was to compare the normal performance of pedestrians as they navigate the road system with that imagined by road system managers to gain insights into how safety management can be improved for this vulnerable road user group. The Event Analysis of Systemic Teamwork framework was used to compare pedestrian activity ‘as imagined’ and ‘as done’ at signalised road intersections and railway level crossings. Data regarding ‘activity as imagined’ was derived from documentation review, and data on ‘activity as done’ was derived from a semi-naturalistic study of ten participants. It is concluded that in both environments pedestrians exhibited more diversity and variability than anticipated by system managers. Insights for improving the design of the road environment for pedestrians are provided. Further, it is argued that wider changes to the processes used in the design and management of road systems are needed.

Event Analysis of Systemic Teamwork, Intersections, Pedestrian safety, Performance variability, Railway level crossings, Systems thinking
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Read, Gemma J.M.
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Walker, Guy H.
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Stanton, Neville A.
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Walker, Guy H.
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Read, Gemma J.M., Stevens, Erin L., Lenné, Michael G., Stanton, Neville A., Walker, Guy H. and Salmon, Paul M. (2018) Walking the talk: Comparing pedestrian ‘activity as imagined’ with ‘activity as done’. Accident Analysis and Prevention, 113, 74-84. (doi:10.1016/j.aap.2018.01.016).

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Abstract

The safety of vulnerable road users, including pedestrians, is an important issue worldwide. In line with the shift towards systems thinking in transport safety, the aim of this study was to compare the normal performance of pedestrians as they navigate the road system with that imagined by road system managers to gain insights into how safety management can be improved for this vulnerable road user group. The Event Analysis of Systemic Teamwork framework was used to compare pedestrian activity ‘as imagined’ and ‘as done’ at signalised road intersections and railway level crossings. Data regarding ‘activity as imagined’ was derived from documentation review, and data on ‘activity as done’ was derived from a semi-naturalistic study of ten participants. It is concluded that in both environments pedestrians exhibited more diversity and variability than anticipated by system managers. Insights for improving the design of the road environment for pedestrians are provided. Further, it is argued that wider changes to the processes used in the design and management of road systems are needed.

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Accepted/In Press date: 13 January 2018
e-pub ahead of print date: 7 March 2018
Published date: 1 April 2018
Keywords: Event Analysis of Systemic Teamwork, Intersections, Pedestrian safety, Performance variability, Railway level crossings, Systems thinking

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Local EPrints ID: 420408
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/420408
ISSN: 0001-4575
PURE UUID: 5b1be3bd-ba47-49d0-bc31-7ed7a699de0e
ORCID for Neville A. Stanton: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-8562-3279

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Date deposited: 04 May 2018 16:31
Last modified: 18 Feb 2021 17:13

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