JAABE
[ Architectural/Urban Planning and Design ]
Journal of Asian Architecture and Building Engineering - Vol. 15, No. 3, pp.463-470
ISSN: 1346-7581 (Print) 1347-2852 (Online)
Print publication date 30 Sep 2016
Received 05 Oct 2015 Accepted 11 Jul 2016
DOI: https://doi.org/10.3130/jaabe.15.463

Pedestrian Path Choice with Diagonal Streets

Byungsuk Kim1 ; Minkyun Kim2 ; Jiah Lee1 ; Jina Park*, 3
1Ph.D. Student, Department of Urban Planning, Hanyang University Korea
2Master Student, Department of Urban Planning, Hanyang University Korea
3Associate Professor, Department of Urban Planning, Hanyang University Korea

Correspondence to: *Jina Park, Associate Professor, Department of Urban Planning, Hanyang University, 222 Wangsimni-ro, Seongdong-gu, Seoul, 04763, Korea Tel: +82-2-2220-0332 E-mail: paran42@hanyang.ac.kr

Abstract

The aim of this study is to investigate pedestrian path choice between diagonal and straight streets. We selected 16 streets including both straight and diagonal streets in Seoul for this study. We then investigated the environments and structures of these streets and surveyed pedestrians about which streets they would choose when they had no destination. First, the participants tend to choose diagonal streets. Second, street angle and street width were identified as the structural factors that had the strongest effects on path choice among diagonal streets. Some environmental factors were also found to be significant: presence of sidewalk, road pavement type, commercial use, presence of street trees, and use of the acute angle plot at an intersection. Overall, the results indicated that some structural and environmental factors associated with diagonal streets affected the pedestrian path choice.

Keywords:

path choice, street structure, pedestrian, diagonal street, walking

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