A Study of Effectiveness of Midblock Pedestrian Crossings: Analyzing a Selection of High-Visibility Warning Signs

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Bekka Apardian
Bhuiyan Monwar Alam

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The purpose of this paper is to examine a selection of different high-visibility pedestrian warning signs at midblock crossings and summarize the most effective options, where effectiveness is measured by pedestrian safety. Four locations are observed. Effectiveness is measured by the vehicle yield percentage, the pedestrian conflicts, and pedestrian wait time. The findings largely concur with previous literature, concluding that speed and road width are important factors in determining a driver's likeliness to yield. This paper also hypothesizes that signage on both sides of the roadway and overhead signage also makes a positive visibility impact.

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