MATEC Web Conf.
Volume 120, 2017International Conference on Advances in Sustainable Construction Materials & Civil Engineering Systems (ASCMCES-17)
|Number of page(s)||15|
|Section||Transportation and Pavement|
|Published online||09 August 2017|
Road users’ opinion about pedestrian safety in the emirate of Sharjah, UAE- survey results
Sustainable Civil Infrastructure Systems Research Group, University of Sharjah, Sharjah City, United Arab Emirates.
* Corresponding author: U00041081@sharjah.ac.ae
This paper is to investigate the pedestrian safety in Sharjah (UAE), and suggest recommendations to improve safety in the emirate. A survey data was collected from 570 participants in December, 2016, and included the following informations: measure the awareness of drivers and pedestrians, determine the behavior of road users, take general views from the road users, and measure the level of users` satisfaction. The results showed that characteristics of road users including (gender, age group, nationality, social status, education level and the income) can affect their behavior at different levels and that may lead to pedestrian accidents. Also, most participants noticed that there are differences in the behavior of drivers and pedestrians based on their nationalities, and they indicated that pedestrian mistakes are main cause of this type of accidents. Moreover, the data showed that most drivers confirmed that they give more attention to pedestrians in mixed land used than other areas and they mentioned that “traffic signal + marked lines” is the clearest place for them to be attentive to pedestrians crossing the road. Overall, based on the results of this paper, there is an urgent need to re-evaluate the pedestrian facilities in the Emirate such as (Design, locations, and their availability) as well as focusing more on the education and the law enforcement.
© The Authors, published by EDP Sciences, 2017
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