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Pedestrian Crashes in Commercial and Business Areas

A Case Study of Hong Kong



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Pedestrian Crashes in Commercial and Business Areas by Mio-Kuan Tsui
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This dissertation, "Pedestrian Crashes in Commercial and Business Areas: a Case Study of Hong Kong" by Mio-kuan, Tsui, 徐妙君, was obtained from The University of Hong Kong (Pokfulam, Hong Kong) and is being sold pursuant to Creative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License. The content of this dissertation has not been altered in any way. We have altered the formatting in order to facilitate the ease of printing and reading of the dissertation. All rights not granted by the above license are retained by the author. Abstract: Abstract of thesis entitled Pedestrian Crashes in Commercial and Business Areas: A Case Study of Hong Kong Submitted by Tsui Mio Kuan for the degree of Master of Philosophy at the University of Hong Kong in August 2006 Road safety becomes more and more important in the international transport's agenda. The World Health Organization in 2004 dedicated the World Health Day to Road Safety. Among different road users, pedestrians are recognized as the most vulnerable group in terms of road traffic crash fatalities. Hong Kong is no exception. As pedestrian travel increasingly plays a crucial role in the development of sustainable transport, pedestrian safety will be a key issue in road safety in the years to come. In this regard, the present study aims at providing an in-depth and multi-faceted analysis on pedestrian crashes with special reference to the commercial and business context, where usually have high co-existence of pedestrians and vehicular traffic. Basically, this research study explores the distributional characteristics of pedestrian crashes and explains their occurrence mainly by the environmental and human factors. Pedestrian crashes are not random events. They were found to be clustered over time and over space. With the use of binary logistic regression, the significant contributory factors associated with the occurrence of pedestrian crashes and fatal-and-serious injuries in pedestrian crashes were identified. By conducting a questionnaire survey and an observational study, unsafe risky crossing behaviour, which was shaped by the surrounding environment of a district and the socio-demographics and perception of pedestrians, can also be a robust explanation to pedestrian crash injuries. Based on the findings, recommendations were made on the future strategic directions and effective countermeasures in favour of pedestrian safety improvement. The implications of the study are of high relevance to policy-makers, engineers, urban planners and road safety educators and applicable not only to the situation of Hong Kong, but also other commercial and business contexts with similar nature. This study is expected to raise the public awareness on pedestrian safety and to enrich the existing body of knowledge by inputting the ingredients of geographical concepts. (305 words) DOI: 10.5353/th_b3723358 Subjects: Pedestrian accidents - China - Hong KongPedestrian accidents - China - Hong Kong - Safety measures
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January 27th, 2017
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