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Project Type
UTRC Research Initiative
Project Dates
12/31/2009 - 06/30/2011
Principal Investigators
Project Status

This proposed research will build on efforts to understand pedestrian behavior, safety, and activity in New Jersey. The Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center is currently in the process of implementing a pedestrian behavior survey that will collect data on various aspects of pedestrian travel in New Jersey, funded by New Jersey DOT. The overall objective of this research is to understand the demographic, locational, land use, and infrastructure elements that are associated with both increased walking behavior and perceptions of a safe pedestrian environment. Our aim with requesting research funds from the UTRC is to provide funding for a Graduate Student who will provide analytical support to develop various spatial and statistical models with the data that will be collected. Our dataset will offer the ability to determine associations between demographic and socioeconomic indicators and the level of walking, how infrastructure elements that either promote or hinder pedestrian activity affect walking, how perceptions of safety may affect walking, and how all these factors are associated with different types of walking trips, whether utilitarian or recreational. This funding will also allow us to integrate analysis of pedestrian safety patterns from a spatial analysis of pedestrian fatalities and injuries with the data collected from our survey.