DANGER ROAD AHEAD

This article considers the growing recognition that both motorists and vulnerable road users are responsible for road safety. A new road safety agenda is needed. This comes from a rapidly increasing recognition that past approaches have failed to produce a safer road environment. Recent reductions in casualties do not imply that the roads are safer, but suggest that more vulnerable road users perceive them as more dangerous, so that they limit their own mobility and take other precautions. This has been illustrated clearly by well- documented research into children's independent mobility. In November 1993, a national conference at Leeds discussed the new agenda. It is concerned with sustainable transport, public health, and quality of life issues. It critically analyses past approaches, and attempts to develop more appropriate priorities for promoting genuine road safety. Its key areas are: (1) aiming primarily for the reduction of danger at its source, including examining afresh what is measured and how; (2) promoting the interests of benign road users, such as walkers and cyclists, and restricting the power and ability of road users to do harm; (3) developing an alternative educational strategy to the traditional rule- based road safety 'education', that is ineffective and reinforces the idea that victims are to blame. The dynamic process of developing this new agenda is now gaining momentum, with the foundation of a national road danger reduction forum.

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    Hemming Group, Limited

    32 Vauxhall Bridge Road
    London,   United Kingdom  SW1V 2SS
  • Authors:
    • Wolinski, A
  • Publication Date: 1994-1-13

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 10,12
  • Serial:
    • SURVEYOR
    • Volume: 181
    • Issue Number: 5274
    • Publisher: Hemming Group, Limited
    • ISSN: 0039-6303

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00665226
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Sep 9 1994 12:00AM