During the last part of November 1971, a study regarding pedestrians' use of reflecting material was carried out by the National Road and Traffic Research Institute. The aim of the investigation was to study how the use of such equipment is related to age of pedestrians (adults and children, respectively), geographical location and road lighting as well as to make comparisons with previous studies which were carried out during the years 1968-1970. The study was made in cooperation with the Women's Motor Transport Corps who were responsible for the field observations. Altogether 8,409 pedestrians were included in the study, 2,259 or 27% of whom used reflecting material. Children were equipped with reflecting material more often than adults - 35 and 24%, respectively. This difference only prevailed on roads without lighting, however. The study also showed that pedestrians on roads without lighting used reflecting material more frequently than those on roads with lighting. The figures here were 44% for the first category and 18% for the second. As regards geographical location, the highest figures were found in Norrland (northern Sweden) where 36% of the observed pedestrians used reflecting material. The lowest figure was in the districts close to the three large cities Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmo where the corresponding figure was 11%. It should be noted that large differences were found between districts within one and the same region. The comparisons between the different years showed that the use of reflecting material by adults on roads without lighting gradually had increased over the four years. For children observed on roads without lighting the use of reflecting material increased during the period 1968 to 1970 - an unusually high figure was attained in 1970 - and then decreased during 1971. On roads with lighting no marked change was noted. /Author/


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  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 22 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00099310
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Safety Council Safety Research Info Serv
  • Report/Paper Numbers: No. 11
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 18 1975 12:00AM