Experimental Investigation of Pedestrian Queuing Behaviour

  • Jiahua ZhangEmail author
  • Miho Iryo-Asano
  • Charitha Dias
Conference paper


One key aspect of pedestrian dynamics is the pedestrian queuing behaviour particularly in front of bottlenecks. As previous studies have highlighted, features of pedestrian queues in front of different types of bottlenecks are considerably dissimilar. Insights into similarities and differences of pedestrian queuing behaviour for typical bottlenecks can be important for the planning and design of public walking space. However, no sufficient empirical studies have been carried out so far to examine the diversity of pedestrian queuing behaviour. In this study, a series of experiments were performed to explore the characteristics of pedestrian queue formations under different conditions.

As the results suggest, pedestrians tend to form organized queues before bottlenecks with a clear pass control (e.g., service counters where only one person can be served once). Wider bottlenecks, capacity reductions and low service rates were found to motivate pedestrians to merge or overtake in the upstream of the bottleneck.



The authors are thankful to the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, the University of Tokyo, for providing the experimental spaces.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Graduate School of EngineeringThe University of TokyoTokyoJapan
  2. 2.Department of Environmental Engineering and ArchitectureNagoya UniversityNagoyaJapan
  3. 3.Institute of Industrial ScienceThe University of TokyoTokyoJapan

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