A REVIEW OF PEDESTRIANS, PEDALCYCLISTS AND MOTORCYLISTS IN RELATION TO ROAD SAFETY

The respective safety aspects of pedestrians, pedalcyclists and motorcyclists are reviewed. The study introduced two types of exposure. It related the risk of pedestrian casualties to pedestrian traffic volumes, and it expressed the risk of any type of pedestrian-motor-vehicle casulty collisions in exposure units taken as the sum of products of half-hourly vehicular and pedestrian traffic volumes of the studied type. The most effective means to separate pedestrian and vehicular traffic are pedestrian-only areas in city centers and the completely segregated networks of communication for pedestrians and vehicles in suburban design. Injury pattern of pedalcyclists and motorcyclists indicates head and lower limb injuries as the most common. Risk analyses have shown that the motorcycle is, per miles ridden, the most dangerous vehicle. The pedalcycle is the next most dangerous. The great majority of motorcyclist accidents with an active violation of some traffic rule found the motorcyclist as the responsible party. But in cases where an instantaneous violation of a traffic rule was committed, the other driver was responsible. Suggested safety measures include safety helmet, high stiff boots, bright coloring of the motorcycle, light signal on top of the helmet for night use, bright wearing apparel and reflective armbands. /MW/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Department of Transport, Australia

    P.O. Box 367
    Canberra, A.C.T.,   Australia 
  • Authors:
    • Foldvary, L A
  • Publication Date: 1973-6

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 340 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00099590
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Safety Council Safety Research Info Serv
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NR/19
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 5 1975 12:00AM