Pedestrians at Risk



Pedestrians at Risk

Authors

SILCOCK D, WALKER R and SELBY T, Ross Silcock Ltd, UK

Description

Efforts to reduce road tr&c accidents have in the past focused mainly on motor vehicles. Although the number of pedestrian casualties is lower than that of vehicle occupants, the severity of pedestrian injuries is substantially higher. There is growing pr

Abstract

Efforts to reduce road tr&c accidents have in the past focused mainly on motor vehicles. Although the number of pedestrian casualties is lower than that of vehicle occupants, the severity of pedestrian injuries is substantially higher. There is growing pressure on Local Highway Authorities to provide better pedestrian facilities and emphasis of road safety activity is shifting towards pedestrians as the most vulnerable road users. Central government is developing a Walking Strategy, and the Casualty Reduction Targets for the first part of the next century may include separate targets by road user group. It is important to these policy initiatives to understand pedestrian exposure to the risk of being involved in a road accident and the behaviours involved.

In this context Ross Silcock Limited were commissioned by the Department of Environment, Transport and the Regions (DETR) to undertake research into pedestrian behaviour and exposure to risk (Ross Silcock Limited, 1998). This paper summarises some of the findings of that research. We acknowledge DETRĂ•s role in funding the research and thank Dr Derek Packham for his advice on the behavioural aspects of the research.

Publisher

Association for European Transport