Crossing facilities for cyclists and pedestrians

More than half of all serious crashes (with fatalities or inpatients) in which cyclists or pedestrians are involved occur while crossing the road. An estimated 32 per cent of these crashes occur on crossing facilities, in spite of the huge numbers of people crossing there (data 2006). Crossing locations are, therefore, relatively safe. There are many different designs and layouts for crossing facilities, which causes a lack of clarity for those crossing, but also for approaching drivers. What is expected of them? Crossing facilities must be understandable for everybody, especially by means of an unequivocal layout. For this reason the Netherlands have provisional layout requirements for pedestrian crossing facilities according to Sustainable Safety. There should be only one priority rule at facilities used by both pedestrians and cyclists: both have priority, neither have priority, or both have traffic lights. Where they do have priority, this must be indicated by triangular priority marking and by extended speed bumps to ensure a low approaching speed. Crossing facilities at intersections that are only for cyclists should be raised. What precisely makes a crossing facility safe and understandable needs more research.


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  • Accession Number: 01382387
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 22 2012 1:16PM