Walkability of School Surroundings and its Impact on Pedestrian Behaviour

  • Lina Shbeeb Faculty of Engineering, Al-Ahliyya Amman University
  • Wael Awad Faculty of Engineering, Al-Ahliyya Amman University
Keywords: Transportation safety, Landuse safety, Students walking, School routes, Walking behaviour

Abstract

Pedestrian accident is a serious problem in Jordan. It is believedthat walking environment is a contributory factor. This study looks intopedestrian environment in schools’ vicinity. Seventeen schools were selectedand 231 students were followed from school to home. Results showed that 15% ofobserved subjects were involved in conflicts. Average walking time is 17 minutes;almost half of this time is spent either by walking on street or crossing. Femalesare involved in less conflict and they spend less time in traffic. Drivers givepriority to pedestrian in one-thirds of all observed crossing with preferenceto males.

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Author Biographies

Lina Shbeeb, Faculty of Engineering, Al-Ahliyya Amman University

Assistant professor at the faculty of engineering/ Al-Ahliyya Amman University since 2011, she is a senior traffic and transport engineer with over 20 years experience in the traffic and transportation engineering sectors. Experience includes traffic safety, transportation network planning, forecasts and computer applications in traffic and transportation planning, traffic survey and studies, pavement design and evaluation, and economic evaluation.


Wael Awad, Faculty of Engineering, Al-Ahliyya Amman University
Dean of Engineering at Al-Ahliyya Amman University, on Sabbatical leave from Al Balqa' Applied University. Dr. Awad is a senior traffic and transportation expert with more than 25 years of experience in traffic and traffic safety. Areas of expertise in addition to traffic and traffic safety include traffic simulation; human behavior; artificial intelligence applications in transportation; feasibility studies; traffic impact studies; engineering economy; and applied statistics.

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Published
2013-06-15
How to Cite
Shbeeb, L., & Awad, W. (2013). Walkability of School Surroundings and its Impact on Pedestrian Behaviour. TeMA - Journal of Land Use, Mobility and Environment, 6(2), 171-188. https://doi.org/10.6092/1970-9870/1608