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Measuring Pedestrian Delay

A study of pedestrian delay on New Zealand's busiest street


MRCagney prepared a groundbreaking study of pedestrian delay on New Zealand's busiest street for Auckland Council and the Auckland Design Office.

Measuring Pedestrian Delay applied the NZ Transport Agency’s Economic Evaluation Manual parameters to pedestrian use of two intersections on Auckland's Queen Street to estimate the equivalent monetary value of wasted pedestrian time.

We found that The average person walking through the Queen St / Victoria St intersection was delayed by 27 seconds relative to the ‘free flow’ walking conditions that they would experience in a shared space or pedestrianised environment. The average person walking through the Upper Queen St / Karangahape Rd intersection was delayed by 38 seconds relative to ‘free flow’ conditions.

MRCagney also extrapolated our findings out across the entire Queen Street corridor based on pedestrian count data and information on signal timing. The findings were that delays at successive intersections, all with relatively high pedestrian volumes compared with car volumes, added up quite quickly – to perhaps $12 million in cost of delay per annum.

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