Junction Improvements for Vulnerable Road Users



Junction Improvements for Vulnerable Road Users

Authors

BROWNFIELD J, Oscar Faber, UK

Description

Most accidents involving vulnerable road users (VRU) in urban areas occur at junctions where they compete for road space and priority with large, motorised vehicles. Along links, segregation is possible in many instances, but at junctions a different appr

Abstract

Most accidents involving vulnerable road users (VRU) in urban areas occur at junctions where they compete for road space and priority with large, motorised vehicles. Along links, segregation is possible in many instances, but at junctions a different approach is required. Much has been done in the past in terms of site specific remedies to problems at individual junctions but if there is to be a significant reduction in VRU accidents at junctions then a fundamental rethink of the way in which junctions are designed and operated is required.

This paper reports on progress to date on a four year project funded by the Depat'tment to Transport's Road Safety Division to identify low cost measures for wide scale implementation at junctions with the aim of raising the overall levels of safety for vulnerable road users. The study addresses three key problems relating to safety at junctions:

a) conspicuity and awareness;

b) speed differentials; and

c) failure to yield priority.

The paper sets out the process used to develop a range of new and innovative ideas, and documents those scheme being progressed for trial at a range of sites throughout the Country.

Publisher

Association for European Transport