Transportation Safety on Dalhousie Studley Campus: How can traffic calming measures affect the safety of transportation on Dalhousie Studley Campus?
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The purpose of this study is to determine possible safety measures that could be implemented on the intersection of LeMarchant Street and University Avenue. The research has endeavored to answer how traffic calming measures can be implemented to affect the safety of transportation on Dalhousie Studley Campus. The scope of this study has been limited to the intersection of LeMarchant Street and University Avenue. This site has been selected due to the high instance of vehicle-pedestrian interaction observed in the field. Using a mixed methods approach counts were conducted of the modes of transport and a survey questionnaire was distributed. Both forms of data collection concluded that the primary mode of transport at this intersection is walking. Observations at this location revealed a number of logistical features and user behaviours which give rise to vehicle/pedestrian conflict. Observations of note include: a high ratio of pedestrians to vehicles; limited signage and marking of pedestrian crossways; poor adherence to traffic regulations and safety norms; and unintuitive vehicular rights-of-way. Recommendations for traffic calming measures and infrastructure alterations have been presented as a means of mitigating aggravating aspects of this intersection and improving the overall safety and usability.