Road users' behavior at marked Crosswalks on channelized right-turn lanes at intersections in the state of Qatar
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At non-signalized marked crosswalks, pedestrian priority is neither well-defined nor well acknowledged by drivers. This paper presents the findings of an investigation on both driver and pedestrian behavior at non-signalized marked crosswalks located on channelized right-turn lanes at intersections in the State ofQatar. Five crosswalks inDoha citywere video recorded fromdiscrete locations on a typical working day. The results from the data analysis of 1620 pedestrians' behavior indicated that waiting behavior, gap acceptance, and crossing speed are complex phenomena and depend upon both pedestrians' characteristics as well as their crossing characteristics. The drivers' yielding behavior was mainly linked to pedestrians' gender and adjacent land use. Low driver yielding rates indicated that significant improvements are required to enhance pedestrian safety. Among pedestrian attributes, gender had the most significant effect on crossing behavior followed by distractions, crossing in a group or alone, and dressing style. Findings of this research will be useful for planners when designing crosswalks at new intersections and during simulations of pedestrian and driver behavior at marked crosswalks on exclusive right-turn lanes. The results of this study will also be directly applicable to the Arabian Gulf countries as they exhibit similar conditions as the State of Qatar. - 2019 by the authors.