Reassessing Child Pedestrian Mode Choice & Safety via Perceived Parental Risk

This project will first evaluate existing rates of walking and bicycling to school for selected elementary and middle schools in Denver, Colorado. The research team will then measure the impact of parental safety perceptions – measured through a survey – and develop a mode choice model to estimate the number of active transport trips suppressed by road safety fears (Nevelsteen, Steenberghen, Rompaey, and Uyttersprot 2012). Lastly, the team will reassess safety outcomes and attempt to identify unsafe areas that may have been neglected by traditional safety analyses. If child pedestrians and bicyclists are indeed safer now than in the past, this gives credence to the effectiveness of the current efforts. If the better safety record for child pedestrians and bicyclists has more to do with a system that has intimidated parents into chauffeuring their kids whenever possible, then it means that there is more work to do. While these questions may be asked about pedestrians and bicyclists of all ages, children will be the focus of this work because of the critical role perceived safety plays in childhood mode choice and the important mental, physical, and developmental benefits that active travel provides for children. In addition, children's trips are typically regulated by parents and are often concentrated around select locations such as schools and parks, making them more feasible to systematically study at a large scale.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $177882
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    Mountain-Plains Consortium

    North Dakota State University
    P.O. Box 6050, Department 2880
    Fargo, ND  United States  58108-6050
  • Project Managers:

    Kline, Robin

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Colorado Denver

    Department of Civil Engineering
    1200 Larimer Street, Room 3037
    Denver, Colorado  United States  80217
  • Principal Investigators:

    Marshall, Wesley

    Janson, Bruce

  • Start Date: 20171211
  • Expected Completion Date: 20220731
  • Actual Completion Date: 20190506
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program
  • Source Data: MPC-557

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01656115
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Mountain-Plains Consortium
  • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747108
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Jan 2 2018 3:18PM