Traffic facilities are always an answer to the existing traffic demand of the society. However, traffic demand is deeply anchored in human nature. Impressive cases of traffic demand are the so-called desire paths, also known as human pathways or pedestrian trails. These allow us to study particular attributes of human habits. In previous works an investigation method was shown which is based on an analogy between human behaviour on desire paths and local stresses in shell structures caused by static load. In this paper the theory behind the idea is presented briefly, the overview of the established work, and a case study made in Vienna during a recent research.
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