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Publication Number: FHWA-HRT-05-137
Date: July 2006
Evaluation of Safety, Design, and Operation of Shared-Use Paths
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APPENDIX A. PERCEPTION SURVEY FACT SHEET AND INFORMED CONSENT FORM
You are being asked to voluntarily participate in a research study being conducted by NC State University for the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). The study is addressing the operational characteristics of recreational paths and trails that are used by a variety of different users (for example, pedestrians, bicyclists, runners, in-line skaters, etc.). An important part of the study involves determining how someone like yourself perceives different trail conditions. For example, we want to know how the following factors affect your perception of the trail. . . factors like the degree of 'lateral' separation between users (that is, the distance between you and those on your right or left); the degree of 'longitudinal' separation (that is, the distance between you and those in front of or behind you); and users' ability to pass other users when they want or need to.
When you and the rest of the group have finished viewing all 36 segments, we would like for you to stay for a few minutes to collect any other thoughts or perceptions you may have that you feel were not addressed by the conditions that you viewed or the scale that you used to provide your perceptions of these conditions.
Your responses will remain anonymous and will not used in any way outside the context of the present study. Your signature below indicates your concurrence with the conditions of the study. At any point in time that you wish more information about the study, you can contact either Dr. Joe Hummer (NCSU) at 919-515-7733 or Ms. An Do (FHWA) at 202-493-3319.
I am participating as a: Bicyclist Pedestrian
Figure 31. Fact sheet for conformed consent.