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Pedestrian Risk Management during Urban Construction projects

Bilton, P (Peer reviewed)

Pedestrian Safety

ACRS conference 2012

Pedestrian risk management during urban construction projects within densely populated areas can be very complex. This paper outlines key issues for pedestrian risk management based on casual observations made during the course of several years experience working in this field. Pedestrian risk management during urban construction projects within densely populated areas can be very complex. This paper outlines key issues for pedestrian risk management based on casual observations made during the course of several years experience working in this field. During major infrastructure projects, stakeholder objectives, design and contractual constraints may also impose constraints which compete with pedestrian safety. These include the minimisation of land resumption, maintaining traffic capacity, delay minimisation (limiting speed reduction), and providing vehicular and pedestrian access to properties throughout construction. The Gold Coast Rapid Transit project in Queensland is used to provide examples of pedestrian risk management issues that occur in such environments. This paper does not aim to promote or encourage the use of specific pedestrian management solutions. Rather, it hopes to encourage further research into pedestrian risk management at urban worksites.