Why are pedestrian crashes so different in developing countries? A review of relevant factors in relation to their impact in Ethiopia

Tulu, Getu Segni, Washington, Simon, King, Mark J., & Haque, Md. Mazharul (2013) Why are pedestrian crashes so different in developing countries? A review of relevant factors in relation to their impact in Ethiopia. In 36th Australasian Transport Research Forum (ATRF) : Transport and the New World City, 2-4 October 2013, QUT Gardens Point, Brisbane, Australia.


Much is known about pedestrian behaviour and crash risk in developed countries. In contrast, the literature on pedestrian crash risk in developing countries reveals wide gaps in knowledge and understanding, and a comprehensive assessment is lacking. In particular, pedestrian behaviour in developing countries is fundamentally different in comparison to developed countries, and is influenced by a variety of less well understood contributing factors, leading to difficulty in modelling and predicting pedestrian crash risk and in turn identifying effective safety countermeasures. This paper provides a comprehensive synthesis of the factors known to influence pedestrian crash risk in developing countries, then focuses on Ethiopia as a specific example. The paper identifies where critical gaps in knowledge exist regarding pedestrian crash risk and associated behaviour in developing countries--a set of knowledge gaps which collectively are significant. The paper concludes by articulating a critical research path moving forward, with the aim to achieve an improved understanding of developing country pedestrian crash risk, and an ultimate goal of identifying effective pedestrian safety countermeasures suited to the unique challenges faced by transport system managers in developing countries.

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ID Code: 63789
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: motor vehicle crashes, pedestrian crash risk, developing countries, Ethiopia, pedestrians, safety management
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Qld (CARRS-Q)
Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
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Deposited On: 28 Oct 2013 23:09
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