Mapping patterns of pedestrian fatal accidents in Israel

Carlo Giacomo Prato, Victoria Gitelman, Shlomo Bekhor

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    Abstract

    This study intends to provide insight into pedestrian accidents by uncovering their patterns in order to design preventive measures and to allocate resources for identifiable problems. Kohonen neural networks are applied to a database of pedestrian fatal accidents occurred during the four-year period between 2003 and 2006. Results show the existence of five pedestrian accident patterns: (i) elderly pedestrians crossing on crosswalks far from intersection in metropolitan areas; (ii) pedestrians crossing suddenly or from hidden places and colliding with two-wheel vehicles on urban road sections; (iii) male pedestrians crossing at night and being hit by four-wheel vehicles on rural road sections; (iv) young male pedestrians crossing at night wide road sections in both urban and rural areas; (v) children and teenagers crossing road sections in small rural communities. From the policy perspective, results suggest the necessity of designing education campaigns for parents, promoting information campaigns for road users and allocating resources for infrastructural interventions and law enforcement in order to address the identified major problems.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the VRU Conference
    PublisherInternational Road Safety
    Publication date2010
    Publication statusPublished - 2010
    EventInternational Conference on Safety and Mobility of Vulnerable Road Users: Pedestrians, Motorcyclists, and Bicyclists - Jerusalem, Israel
    Duration: 1 Jan 2010 → …

    Conference

    ConferenceInternational Conference on Safety and Mobility of Vulnerable Road Users: Pedestrians, Motorcyclists, and Bicyclists
    CityJerusalem, Israel
    Period01/01/2010 → …

    Cite this

    Prato, C. G., Gitelman, V., & Bekhor, S. (2010). Mapping patterns of pedestrian fatal accidents in Israel. In Proceedings of the VRU Conference International Road Safety.