Pedestrian bridges are statements of connectiveness and community pride. Acceptance of the design and utility of these bridges is based on the perceptions of those in the community. These bridges should not be designed for safety alone but also for total human comfort. Failure to do this may result in post-design corrections and questions about the efficacy of the design. Pedestrian bridge design is technically challenging because the design process has to be executed on a much lower budget than vehicle bridges while also considering human comfort. Case studies will be discussed to show the value of wind studies and pedestrian-induced vibration studies so that the architectural vision and community acceptance of a new pedestrian bridge can be realized.
- How the dynamic forces of wind may affect the safety and comfort of pedestrian bridges
- How the dynamic forces of pedestrian-induced vibration (lateral and vertical) may affect the safety and comfort of pedestrian bridges
- About the various tools/methods used to determine the effects of wind and pedestrian-induced vibration on pedestrian bridges
- Mitigation methods to address undesirable bridge responses during the design process and post design.