Dutch research earns international prize
The research that formed, among others, the basis of the Fietsberaad Publication 19a concerning single-vehicle cycling accidents has been awarded the Liberty Mutual Award in England. This prize is handed out for the best contribution to the prestigious magazine Ergonomics. Researchers Paul Schepers and Berry den Brinker describe in their article how the traffic safety of a cyclist can be improved by devoting more attention to the visibility of obstacles and the marking of cycling facilities.
According to the prize-awarding jury of the English Institute for Ergonomics and Human Factors, the application of the so-called IDED method is, in particular, a revolutionary development in this area. IDED stands for Image Degrading and Edge Detection, a method for taking photos of dangerous situations that are subsequently processed to produce an image as would be seen by a visually impaired person. The image is then further processed to emphasize contrast-rich regions, thereby accentuating those traffic elements that are important for the timely detection of obstacles and markings.
Paul Schepers (Netherlands Institute for Transport Policy Analysis) and Barry den Brinker (Amsterdam University) researched 21 accident locations in this manner and concluded that it is important, among other things, to make the bike path borders stand out more clearly from their surroundings. This could be done, for example, by making curbs lighter in colour or otherwise placing distinguishable markings. The complete article can be freely downloaded from this location.
Award-winning article about increasing cyclist traffic safety by giving more attention to the visibility of obstacles and pavement markings.
W. Ormel, K. Klein Wolt, P. den Hertog , Rijkswaterstaat Dienst Verkeer en Scheepvaart
The high use of bicycles implicates that many accidents will happen. Without knowledge of the causes of singular-bicycle accidents it is not easy to take measures to prevent such accidents. Therefor the Dutch Ministry of Transport and Public Works asked the Council for Consumers and Safety to research these.