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Alternative to Improve the Lighting of Crosswalk on Rural Highways

지방지역 도로 횡단보도 조명 개선 방안

  • 이석기 (한국건설기술연구원 SOC성능연구소 도로연구실)
  • Received : 2012.12.24
  • Accepted : 2013.03.11
  • Published : 2013.03.28

Abstract

While rural highways carry on lower traffic volumes, the deviations of running speeds between vehicles appear to be higher on rural highways than urban highways. The speed characteristic of rural highways is adding to pedestrian-related accidents which occur on a crosswalk with poor sight distance due to the limits of car headlights and lighting. Specially, the aged was mostly occupied in nighttime-related accidents on crosswalks, and pedestrians crossing on the far side of approaching vehicles appear to have the probability of fatality higher than the near side. An alternative is needed to resolve the compounded accidents, and then this study is to establish a new approach to an optimum lighting environment on a crosswalk to improve pedestrian safety. This study was conducted by a survey and a field study on the lighting of existing crosswalks. The field study shows that the existing lighting has the problem of wasting energy and impeding walking due to glare. The survey shows that nighttime sight distance on a crosswalk is required to improve and that road users prefer to be brighter pedestrian waiting space together with the crosswalk. Thus, a lighting environment that is not too bright and illuminates the crosswalk and the pedestrian waiting space is needed to implement.

Keywords

Crosswalk;Crosswalk Lighting;Glare;Traffic Accident Statistics;Convenience Sampling Method

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