Promoting safe and healthy walking: A theory-driven cross-cultural comparison

Pedestrian safety is an important area of research because of the drive for more sustainable and active transportation in Australia and globally. Pedestrians constitute 14% of annual road fatalities in Australia and nearly 25% worldwide. Pedestrian safety is a complex problem that requires the synergy of a wide range of factors such as policy, social culture, behaviour, infrastructure, etc. However, there are a number of emergent issues that have received very little attention in the literature and are strategic for CARRS-Q to consolidate its leadership in pedestrian safety.

This project specifically targeted three research areas related to promotion of healthy and safe walking:

  1. distracted walking;
  2. walking when affected by alcohol; and
  3. pollution-aware route choice.

Progress Report

From June 2019 to November 2019, nearly 7,600 pedestrians from 16 countries participated in this study. Preliminary results show concerning trends worldwide on self-reported collisions. It is noteworthy that a large proportion of pedestrians reported having experienced at least one crash with 4-wheel motor vehicles, 2-wheel motor vehicles, and bicycles during the last 3 years. Although these findings do not account for fatal crashes, they do highlight the high risk of injury and pedestrian conflicts with other vehicles worldwide.

Funding / Grants

  • CARRS-Q Strategic Grant (2018 - 2019)