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PAMELA Pedestrian Accessibility and Movement Environment Laboratory
PAMELA is a laboratory for the assessment of pedestrian movement : how people react in pedestrian environments; under well controlled laboratory conditions. PAMELA is a modular platform that can be adjusted to simulate different surface profiles and types. It consists of 36 modules (1.2m x 1.2m); with interchangeable surfaces. Each module can slope in any direction, up to a maximum of 20%. Street furniture (obstacles and amenities) can be arranged on the platform with carefully designed lighting to simulate conditions from daylight to darkness. Surround sound will also allow noises to be included - e.g. trains passing through stations, announcements etc. This will enable us to test combinations of defined street environments and the range of capabilities of pedestrians, and users of wheelchairs and scooters. From these data we will verify and extend an existing pedestrian microscopic simulation model and offer a facility for checking existing and proposed street layouts. Using PAMELA we will be able to develop a definitive database on capabilities - singly and in combination - based on empirical evidence. We aim to provide a better understanding of how design details affect people's ability to move around the static environment.
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