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Comparative Analyses of Parameters Influencing Children Pedestrian Behavior in Conflict Zones of Urban Intersections

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Faculty of Civil Engineering, University of Rijeka, 51000 Rijeka, Croatia
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Faculty of Civil Engineering and Architecture Osijek, Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek, 31000 Osijek, Croatia
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Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, University of Enna KORE, 94100 Enna, Italy
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Received: 30 November 2020 / Revised: 14 December 2020 / Accepted: 30 December 2020 / Published: 18 January 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Methods and Instruments for Evaluating and Measuring Safety)
Children pedestrians make up 30% of the total number of children injured in road traffic in the EU. Research shows that children are injured more often in the urban areas, in residential areas near schools and parks, often at intersections and pedestrian crossings. In this study, children’s traffic behavior was analyzed by observation of signalized pedestrian crosswalks. According to the same methodology, the research was conducted in three cities in two countries (Enna, Italy, Osijek and Rijeka, Croatia) with different urban and traffic characteristics. A total of 900 measurements were analyzed, 300 in each of the cities at 18 pedestrian crosswalks located in an urban setting in the vicinity of primary schools. A detailed statistical analysis of the influence parameters shows that, as general influence parameters, pedestrian crosswalk length, movement in a group and the age of children can be distinguished. Factors that have proven to have a significant influence on the movement of children in two of the three cities observed are gender, supervision by adults, running and cellphone use. The result can serve as a valuable input for interventions in traffic education as well as a basis for the improvement of traffic conditions at intersections where children are regularly present. View Full-Text
Keywords: child pedestrian; children traffic behavior; pedestrian speed; crosswalk infrastructure child pedestrian; children traffic behavior; pedestrian speed; crosswalk infrastructure
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Deluka-Tibljaš, A.; Ištoka Otković, I.; Campisi, T.; Šurdonja, S. Comparative Analyses of Parameters Influencing Children Pedestrian Behavior in Conflict Zones of Urban Intersections. Safety 2021, 7, 5. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/safety7010005

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Deluka-Tibljaš A, Ištoka Otković I, Campisi T, Šurdonja S. Comparative Analyses of Parameters Influencing Children Pedestrian Behavior in Conflict Zones of Urban Intersections. Safety. 2021; 7(1):5. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/safety7010005

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Deluka-Tibljaš, Aleksandra, Irena Ištoka Otković, Tiziana Campisi, and Sanja Šurdonja. 2021. "Comparative Analyses of Parameters Influencing Children Pedestrian Behavior in Conflict Zones of Urban Intersections" Safety 7, no. 1: 5. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/safety7010005

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