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Considering the requirements of elderly road users in traffic signal control

Balluff, Jessica and Boltze, Manfred (2015):
Considering the requirements of elderly road users in traffic signal control.
In: „Mobility and Transport for Elderly and Disabled Persons“, Lissabon, 28.-31. Juli 2015, [Online-Edition: http://www.verkehr.tu-darmstadt.de/media/verkehr/fgvv/prof_b...],
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Abstract

The share of elderly road users in total traffic is increasing in Germany as well as in most other OECD countries. To ensure mobility and road safety for this fast growing group, special requirements regarding the essential characteristics of elderly road users have to be considered in transport system design. Besides basic requirements in transport planning, traffic engineering can help significantly to improve mobility and road safety for the elderly. Accordingly, this paper outlines the consideration of elderly road users’ requirements in traffic signal control by analysing standards from Germany, United States, United Kingdom and other selected countries as well as examples from practice. In detail, the consideration of the elderly is discussed for the topics signal program design, intersection layout, control strategies, and technical design of signal lights. The paper closes with conclusions on how well the requirements of elderly road users are considered in traffic signal standards already and highlights the need to apply such regulations in practice, despite omnipresent goal conflicts and financial constraints.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Erschienen: 2015
Creators: Balluff, Jessica and Boltze, Manfred
Title: Considering the requirements of elderly road users in traffic signal control
Language: English
Abstract:

The share of elderly road users in total traffic is increasing in Germany as well as in most other OECD countries. To ensure mobility and road safety for this fast growing group, special requirements regarding the essential characteristics of elderly road users have to be considered in transport system design. Besides basic requirements in transport planning, traffic engineering can help significantly to improve mobility and road safety for the elderly. Accordingly, this paper outlines the consideration of elderly road users’ requirements in traffic signal control by analysing standards from Germany, United States, United Kingdom and other selected countries as well as examples from practice. In detail, the consideration of the elderly is discussed for the topics signal program design, intersection layout, control strategies, and technical design of signal lights. The paper closes with conclusions on how well the requirements of elderly road users are considered in traffic signal standards already and highlights the need to apply such regulations in practice, despite omnipresent goal conflicts and financial constraints.

Uncontrolled Keywords: traffic signal control, elderly people, mobility, road safety
Divisions: 13 Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Sciences > Institutes of Transportation > Institute for Transport Planning and Traffic Engineering
13 Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Sciences > Institutes of Transportation
13 Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Sciences
Event Title: „Mobility and Transport for Elderly and Disabled Persons“
Event Location: Lissabon
Event Dates: 28.-31. Juli 2015
Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2016 12:25
Official URL: http://www.verkehr.tu-darmstadt.de/media/verkehr/fgvv/prof_b...
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