Nearly 560 pedestrians are seriously injured and over 40 people die as a result of an accident every year.
Moreover, about a third of fatal accidents and over 40% of accidents with critical injuries take place on the crosswalk that, on its own, should be a safe area for pedestrians.
The approach foresaw the development of a methodology that could start from an analysis of international experiences, aimed at identifying the crucial factors for the safety (perceived and not) of pedestrian crossing.
On the basis of the results concerning the international experiences, the analysis allowed to identify 22 assessment criteria, related to:
- space-time sizing;
- day-time visibility;
- night-time visibility;
Through the AHP methodology (Analytical Hierarchy Process) we provided to assign a specific weight for each criterion.
The methodology was successively tested on several crosswalks in the Municipality of Parma.