In the US, the State of Delaware’s Department of Transportation has effective from November 2013 determined to stop using signs which ask users to “Share the Road.” I have used the phrase “Share the Road” myself but have now formed the view along the lines argued by Bike Delaware that this is not a constructive view to adopt. Continue Reading…
The campaign is about combining motorist education on sharing the road with cyclists and a series of safety lessons for cyclists to master defensive riding and road safety. The basic message for motorists is to leave 1m of space when overtaking a cyclist.
More on the launch can be found in the Manjimup-Bridgetown Times article. I wish the Well Being Warren Blackwood group and all road users in the area all the best in their efforts to save lives.
What a great sign! This is from the UK but it is an important recognition that cyclists are vehicles and that at times is it most important that they “claim the lane” or as this sign states, “use the centre of the road.” Well done to the organisation in Wandsworth who used this sign.
Johnson, Newstead, Oxley and Charlton (2013) contribute to our understanding of cyclists, dooring-zones (also known as killing-zones), cycling infrastructure and driver behaviour through an investigation into cyclist crashes with open vehicle doors.
The authors analyse Victorian police reported crashes, hospital data and naturalistic cycling video footage and found that the number of cyclist-open vehicle door crashes is increasing and that crash type may be reduced by improvements in driver behaviour and reconfiguration of road design.
Pai and Jou (2013) provide a contribution to our understanding of cyclists and red-light jumping or running as the authors call it by looking a number of possible contributory factors in the context of Taiwan. This paper adds to the early works of the Johnson, Newstead, Charlton & Oxley (2011) and Johnson, Charlton, Oxley & Newstead (2013).
The authors found that several factors likely to significantly increase the likelihood of what the authors term cyclists “risky behaviours”, those being: intersections with short red-light duration, T/Y intersections, when riders were pupils in uniform, when riders were riding electric bicycles, when riders were not wearing helmets.
I do struggle to see the co-relation between not wearing a helmet and running a red light but I am assuming the authors are treating not wearing a helmet as risky behaviour and hence one risky behaviour leads to another.
A US study published in the November-December 2013 issue of Public Health Reports has found that
The rate of pedestrian fatalities per VMT [vehicle miles travelled] from distracted driving crashes increased from 116.1 in 2005 to 168.6 in 2010 (Figure 1). The rate of increase was uneven over time but was steady from 2007 to 2010. The rate of bicyclist fatalities per VMT from distracted driving crashes increased from 18.7 in 2005 to 24.6 in 2010 (Figure 2). The rate of increase was uneven over time, largely due to the small number of deaths in any given year. In contrast to the trends for pedestrians and bicyclists from 2005 to 2010, fatalities per VMT for motorist victims of distracted driving crashes largely decreased in this period, from 744.1 in 2006 to 477.7 in 2010 (Figure 3).
Interestingly recent road toll data in Australia is showing that the road toll for motorists is declining whereas for cyclists it is increasing; an outcome similar to what the authors of this paper found in regards to distracted driving.
The research paper authored by Jim Stimpson, Fernando Wilson and Robert Muelleman is available for download from my Dropbox or you can find the abstract below.
The Department of Infrastructure and Transport’s Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics publishes monthly, a summary report on road deaths in Australia. This issue is dated October 2013. The full summary report is available from my Dropbox.
Whilst my interest here is the outcomes for cyclists, there where 1,219 road deaths in the 12 months to October 2013, of which 155 where pedestrians, 43 cyclists, 208 motorcyclists and 803 motor vehicle occupants. Our thoughts are with their families. All these deaths could have been avoided.
A great road safety, cyclist safety message from Bike Safe Geelong. A very important reminder about how to pass cyclists safely. A few seconds wait (yes it is often only a few seconds – measure it) can make it very safe for everyone, it can make so much of a difference.
If you want a poster copy of this safety message, you can download a PDF from Bike Safe Geelong.
Fishman, Washington & Haworth (2012) look at the topic “fear of riding a bicycle” which they say is the most common reason stated for not riding a bicycle. Interestingly the Cycling and Women Survey found, that speed/volume of traffic, whilst a concern to women was only on the minds of 8.2% of the respondents as a reason not to ride. So is this belief, this fear a valid one? Lets take a look at what the authors found.