Traffic environment for children and elderly as pedestrians and cyclists

Vehicle speeds should be 30 km/h or less wherever children (regularly) cross streets. However, safety can be further improved at sites already reconstructed to ensure low speeds. Results based on field data collected at sites close to schools in Malmö, Trollhättan and Borås in Sweden, and analyses of Finnish and Swedish police-reported crashes including in-depth studies, suggest that safety for children and elderly is further improved at sites where visibility, orientation and clarity are sufficient. Also, marked crosswalks may increase yield rates towards pedestrians and speed cushions situated at a longer distance from the zebra crossing increase yield rates towards pedestrians and cyclists. It is also concluded that bicycle facilities promote biking and that the risk for bicyclists and pedestrians decrease with increasing bicycle and pedestrian flows. Some key issues are here outlined for the design of a safe, non-restrictive cycle network. For the covering abstract see ITRD E137489.

  • Authors:
    • LEDEN, L
    • GARDER, P
  • Publication Date: 2005


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  • Accession Number: 01095413
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Apr 25 2008 9:18AM