Pedestrian and bike path illumination for safety and security: Empirical pre- and post-field studies by a university team

P. Hebert, T. Sammons, M. Kang, H. J. Lee

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Abstract

A lighting design solution for a proposed, two mile long, pedestrian and bike path was developed. The path, with sections both near to and distant from the roadway, bordered a University campus in the southern US and served to link existing University buildings, a University/community arena and parking. In 2005, research team members examined existing lighting conditions. The team considered existing spill lighting from nearby buildings and roadways. Following industry procedures, they took sample light meter readings utilizing a hand-held lux meter. After a five year delay in Federal funding, construction on the illuminated pedestrian and bike path project commenced. The bike path project, including the installation of high pressure sodium illumination by acorn head pole fixtures, was accepted by Federal and University officials. Immediately after the path's completion in 2012, the researchers re-measured light levels at the site. They compared their pre- and post-installation measurements to the industry recommendations in effect during these two time periods. The researchers also used a digital sky quality meter to determine light pollution in the vicinity of the path. The path is currently in use by the University and community stakeholders.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationUrban Transport XIX
Pages745-755
Number of pages11
DOIs
StatePublished - May 30 2013
Event19th International Conference on Urban Transport and the Environment, UT 2013 - Kos, Greece
Duration: May 29 2013May 31 2013

Publication series

NameWIT Transactions on the Built Environment
Volume130
ISSN (Print)1743-3509

Conference

Conference19th International Conference on Urban Transport and the Environment, UT 2013
CountryGreece
CityKos
Period5/29/135/31/13

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Architecture
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Transportation
  • Safety Research
  • Computer Science Applications

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    Hebert, P., Sammons, T., Kang, M., & Lee, H. J. (2013). Pedestrian and bike path illumination for safety and security: Empirical pre- and post-field studies by a university team. In Urban Transport XIX (pp. 745-755). (WIT Transactions on the Built Environment; Vol. 130). https://doi.org/10.2495/UT130601