Civil Engineering ETDs

Publication Date

7-1-2016

Abstract

Walking, being an important and basic form of transportation is crucial in everyday day life. Seen as an alternative to traditional modes of transport, walking is seen as an effective way to reduce dependence on fossil fuels and personal transport. Its health benefits and positive changes to the community are seen as incentives to promote walking as an effective mode of transport. As such, pedestrian safety is of utmost importance given the increase in pedestrian numbers and correspondingly, pedestrian crashes. The thesis studies pedestrian crash data and computes pedestrian crash rates for different intersections in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Crash rates help to identify intersections deemed to be unsafe for pedestrians and therefore could be used for additional analysis. Additionally, the thesis investigates different demographic and intersection characteristics responsible for pedestrian crashes and their association with pedestrian crash rates. To achieve this, crash risks along with data from the United States Census were employed in statistical models so as to observe associations between the variables used.

Keywords

Pedestrians, Safety, Planning

Document Type

Thesis

Language

English

Degree Name

Civil Engineering

Level of Degree

Masters

Department Name

Civil Engineering

First Advisor

Rowangould, Gregory

First Committee Member (Chair)

Valentin, Vanessa

Second Committee Member

Zhang, Guohoi

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