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Mathematical Problems in Engineering
Volume 2016 (2016), Article ID 5271904, 8 pages
Research Article

The Study on In-City Capacity Affected by Pedestrian Crossing

1School of Civil Engineering and Transportation, Hohai University, Nanjing, Jiangsu 210098, China
2Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI 53706, USA
3Jiangsu Transportation Institute, Nanjing, Jiangsu 210098, China

Received 16 March 2016; Revised 2 May 2016; Accepted 11 May 2016

Academic Editor: Yongjun Shen

Copyright © 2016 Chang-jiang Zheng et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Currently, the urban road traffic congestion is serious and the traffic accident is happening at a high frequency; thus it has not satisfied the travel needs of security and affects the quality of urban trips. In order to effectively relieve the confliction of people and motor vehicle, to make sure of the safety of pedestrians crossing the road, and to improve the capacity of urban roads, this passage focuses on studying the influence of pedestrians crossing the roads on the capacity of urban roads in three pedestrian crossing approaches including freely crossing the street, uncontrolled crossing of the pedestrian crosswalk, and controlled crossing of the pedestrian crosswalk. Firstly, it confirms the general formula of the road capacity when pedestrians are crossing the road based on three preassumptions, combined with the survey data, and then constructs the empirical mathematical model of pedestrian crossing on the capacity impact. Lastly, it takes the step of case calculation and simulation evaluation and calculates errors between them, finding that the error between the model calculation and software simulation is small. The efficiency of the model is validated and improved.