Sustainable Safety for the cyclist

  • Soort:Nieuws Fietsberaad
  • Datum:27-05-2013

Application of the Sustainable Safety concept for cyclists was thus far primarily concerned with accidents between bikes and motor vehicles. But presently it's the accidents not involving motor vehicles that dominate the accident statistics. With the Sustainable Safety programme, the SWOV (Stichting Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek Verkeersveiligheid) therefore aims to take cyclists more emphatically into account.

When the Sustainable Safety concept was developed during the 90's, the problem of accidents not involving motor vehicles, insofar as it existed, was not that apparent. According to the SWOV there has been thus far no explicit attention being devoted to this issue. In the report “Sustainable Safety: also for the seriously injured”, the organisation lays down the first step to apply the Sustainable Safety concept more emphatically to accidents not involving motor vehicles, which are mostly bike accidents.
The current Sustainable Safety functional requirements takes one a long way, according to the report. Such as, for instance: the creation of traffic-calmed (residential) areas, shortening of routes, more uniform traffic solutions, preventing conflicts with oncoming and crossing traffic, separation of vehicle types, and reduction of speed at conflict points. Requirements can be made for the quality of the road surfaces, good rideability, and minimal traffic disruption while keeping cyclists in mind.
A next step would be to supplement the existing motor vehicle road network with a completely autonomous cycling network which would differentiate between various cycling streams.

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