Motorcycles and traffic filtering

Motorraeder und das Durchfahren von Staus

In 2011, traffic filtering of motorcyclists was legalized in Belgium under certain conditions. To evaluate the effect of this measure, motorcycle accidents before the measure (2009-2010) and after the measure (2012-2013) where compared with respect to their distribution across the type of road (motorway, urban, rural), type of accident (single vehicle versus multivehicle) and hour of the day (rush hour versus off-peak hour). The accidents most relevant to traffic filtering - multivehicle accidents on motorways - represent only a very small part of all motorcycle accidents (2.6%). Comparing the two years before and after the legalization of traffic filtering, these accidents showed the same slight reduction as other motorcycle accidents on motorways (the single vehicle ones). We can therefore conclude that so far, legalizing traffic filtering did not have a measurable effect on accident occurrence. The small share of multivehicle motorcycle accidents on motorways indicates that traffic filtering is not a dominant cause of motorcycle accidents in Belgium. It is probably also an indication that the phenomenon traffic filtering is less frequent on Belgian motorways than in some other countries. Therefore the results should only be transferred to other countries with care. (A)

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    Institut fuer Zweiradsicherheit (ifz) e.V.

    Gladbecker Str. 425
    Essen,   Germany  45329
  • Authors:
    • Martensen, H
    • Leblud, J
    • Slootmans, F
  • Publication Date: 2016


  • English

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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 163-75
  • Monograph Title: Sicherheit - Umwelt - Zukunft. Tagungsband der 11. Internationalen Motorradkonferenz 2016
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  • Accession Number: 01670063
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Bundesanstalt für Straßenwesen (BASt)
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: May 7 2018 3:03AM