A Comparative Study of Pedestrian Crossing Behavior and Safety in Baltimore and Washington, D.C., Using Video Surveillance

There is a national effort to reduce pedestrian deaths. To achieve this goal, a better understanding of pedestrian travel behavior and interactions with vehicles is needed. Using video surveillance of locations in Baltimore, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., this study compares pedestrian-related travel behavior in the two neighboring cities. A computer vision pipeline approach will be used to identify pedestrians and vehicles from video surveillance footage in order to extract key metrics such as walking speed, gap acceptance, and type of unsafe maneuvers, to characterize pedestrian crossing behavior and associated traffic patterns. Statistical analyses of these metrics will determine which factors – such as land use, infrastructure, and socio-demographic characteristics – contribute to pedestrian travel behavior decisions and safety.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $120000
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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:

    Urban Mobility & Equity Center

    Morgan State University
    Baltimore, MD  United States  21251
  • Performing Organizations:

    Morgan State University

    1700 E. Cold Spring Lane
    Baltimore, MD 21251, Maryland  United States  21251

    University of Maryland, College Park

    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    College Park, MD  United States  20742
  • Principal Investigators:

    Chavis, Celeste

    Nyarko, Kofi

    Cirillo, Cinzia

  • Start Date: 20200901
  • Expected Completion Date: 20210831
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01742740
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Urban Mobility & Equity Center
  • Contract Numbers: 69A43551747123
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Jun 19 2020 12:35PM