Date of Award
Master of Public Health (MPH)
Dr. Sheryl Strasser - Committee Chair
Dr. Danjun Dai - Committee Member
John Steward - Committee Member
Pedestrian injuries and fatalities due to motor vehicle crashes are a significant public health concern, and the urban campus of Georgia State University poses unique challenges to pedestrian safety issues. Previous studies of the built environment have link several features to increased pedestrian crash occurrences. Once identified, these features can be modified to create a healthier environment for pedestrians. This study examines the relationship between specific features of the built environment and pedestrian crash events. Environmental audits were conducted to collect information about the built environment around Georgia State campus, and pedestrian crash data was obtained from GDOT. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) was used to create a visual representation of this data in order to establish spatial relationships between the built environment and pedestrian crash events. Results show both positive and negative correlations between certain built environment features and pedestrian crashes. GIS was established as a useful tool for evaluating the spatial distribution and relationship between the built environment and pedestrian injury within a localized area, and provides a springboard for future research that seeks to study this association on a larger scale.
Taquechel, Emily Palmer, "A Spatial Analysis of the Relationship between Pedestrian Crash Events and Features of the Built Environment in Downtown Atlanta." Thesis, Georgia State University, 2009.