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Extent of mobile phone use by pedestrians on controlled crossings in central Hobart, Tasmania


Pharo, E, Extent of mobile phone use by pedestrians on controlled crossings in central Hobart, Tasmania, Journal of the Australasian College of Road Safety, 30, (1) pp. 14-19. ISSN 1832-9497 (2019) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.33492/JACRS-D-18-00005


  • Pedestrian phone use was recorded for 16,032 people over 70 hours on 10 signalised crossings in central Hobart, Tasmania.
  • On average, 12.4% were using their phones while crossing: 4.6% were looking down at their phone to read or type, 2.3% were talking and another 5.5% were listening to headphones.
  • At busy crossings, as many as 158 people per hour were looking down at their phones to read or type as they crossed the road, including on steady red with conflicting motor vehicle movements.
  • These results suggest various levels of cognitive and visual impairment while on the roadway, although further work is required to determine how this behaviour might link to the crash risk.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:pedestrian, transport, road safety, crash risk, mobile phones
Research Division:Built Environment and Design
Research Group:Urban and regional planning
Research Field:Transport planning
Objective Division:Transport
Objective Group:Environmentally sustainable transport activities
Objective Field:Environmentally sustainable transport activities not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Pharo, E (Dr Emma Little)
ID Code:131149
Year Published:2019
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Geography and Spatial Science
Deposited On:2019-03-05
Last Modified:2020-05-19

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