Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning Faculty Publications
 

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Journal of Planning Education and Research

Publisher

Sage

Publication Date

10-19-2018

First Page

1

Last Page

34

Abstract

The monitoring of pedestrian activity is challenging, primarily because its traffic levels are typically lower and more variable than those of motorized vehicles. Compared with other on-the-ground observation tools, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) could be suitable for counting and mapping pedestrians in a reliable and efficient way. Thus, this study establishes and tests a new method of pedestrian observation using UAVs. The results show that UAV observations demonstrate high levels of interrater reliability (intraclass correlation coefficient = 0.99) and equivalence reliability (Cronbach’s α = .97 with on-the-ground counts and .73 with Google Street View). Practical implications of the new tool are discussed.

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