Promoting Safe Walking in Urban Areas

Tarties (Field Study Data)

25, نوفمبر 2010

As college students living on campus and forced to walk to and from class, the inconvenience and safety issues of walking in the city have become apparent. Sidewalks and crosswalks can be crowded, are exposed to the weather, and often entail hidden dangers for the pedestrian. Inclement weather seems to pose the biggest issue for pedestrians in the city. To get a better understanding of the issues pedestrians face in urban areas, we decided to interview Tech students out and about campus concerning their views on sidewalk and crosswalk problems and how they could be improved. We walked around the campus, specifically along Techwood and Atlantic Drive, asking pedestrians that we came across what bothered them about being a pedestrian on campus and how they thought sidewalks and crosswalks could be improved for the safety and convenience of the pedestrian. A few consistent ideas surfaced:

1. The most common complaint was about walking in the rain. The sidewalks gather puddles and flood in some places. Students don’t like having to deal with umbrellas and the Stinger buses become very crowded with people who are trying to avoid the rain. It is difficult to maneuver through the sidewalks when everyone is using umbrellas.

2. The second most common complaint was about the maneuverability of sidewalks. People want the sidewalks to be wider so they don’t become so crowded. One student suggested making sidewalks more like roads, with sides marked to avoid collision and confusion of opposite traffic flow.

3. People want safer crosswalks. There are some crosswalks on campus where cars are required to stop by law but often do not. One student suggested some kind of light that alerted a car that it needs to stop for a pedestrian to cross.

4. Another common response was concerning conflicts with the Stinger shuttles and other campus transportation. A few suggestions were more and larger covered areas at the bus stops and more visible signs displaying arrival times.

5. Handicap access surfaced a few times. There are not enough ramps in the curbs.

Tarties (Elevator Pitch)

21, نوفمبر 2010

For: frequent public sidewalk traveling pedestrians in urban areas

Who are dissatisfied with: getting caught in inclement weather, not having enough space to walk past/around people, and missing the bus/other form of public transportation due to unawareness of arrival times

Our innovation offering is: an wider, interactive sidewalk

That provides: audio and visual warnings in reference to incoming public transportation and upcoming weather changes via marquees and mounted outdoor speakers. It will also adapt to inclement weather by raising and lowering a canopy to shelter pedestrians from the weather and as well excessive sunlight.

Unlike: every other sidewalk in the world that provides nothing other than an escape from pedestrians walking in the street with cars

Our innovation has: colorblind friendly LED’s that change colors depending on the condition of the sidewalk due to weather; marquees displaying inbound taxis and buses, as well as traffic delays and the daily forecast; and a canopy that rises when there is excessive sunlight or inbound inclement weather. There are also audio announcements of all of these visual cues when the status of one of the weather or public transportation patters change


11, نوفمبر 2010

Team Members:
Laura Roberts
Christopher Allen

To succeed in life is a goal of people everywhere. In order to do so, being punctual is very important. Making it on time to events is a result of good time management, and more importantly, an effective reminder alarm, internal or otherwise. After using the same type of alarm for many years, though, people evolve and are no longer effected by them. This is why a new, more efficient alarm is needed on the planet. One that differs from all others on the market that will be just as effective now as it will be in 10 or 20 years.