Project: Road User Safety and Cycling

Reference: T101D

Last update: 21/05/2009 12:01:00

Objectives

The objectives are:

- To design and implement the programme development phase of the research, ensuring effective stakeholder engagement
- To ensure stakeholders are fully engaged throughout the study, including through appropriate advisory arrangements
- To provide a practical overview of road safety issues in relation to cycling, and review the effectiveness of past cycle safety interventions undertaken by the Government and others
- To analyse data relating to cycle casualties and cycling activity, including important characteristics of casualties and collisions such as the types of vehicles, junction or other location type and the manoeuvres and behaviours of those involved, the ages, genders and other characteristics of cyclists injured and others involved in the accident, the types of injuries which result, and any changes over time
- To review the provision of highway infrastructure as it relates to cycle safety, including cycle specific facilities, and to examine the balance between cycle specific infrastructure and other measures to improve safety including reductions in the speed and volume of traffic
- To explore the attitudes, values, beliefs and behaviours of cyclists, motorists and other road users towards a range of road safety issues in relation to cycling
- To explore the attitudes, behaviours, risks and needs of particular groups, including children
- To review the research and examine issues relating to cycle helmets
- To examine the overall safety related barriers to increased cycling activity, how these vary for different groups of people, under what circumstances and why, and examine how these barriers may be overcome
- To put in place contractual and management arrangements for robust peer review of key outputs from the programme
- To make recommendations for policy and practice to improve cyclists' road safety, including recommendations relating to cycle helmets

Description

The aim of the contract is to conduct an integrated programme of research assessing road user safety issues in relation to cycling and make recommendations for future policy and practice. The programme will be developed and undertaken with the full involvement and participation of stakeholders representing a range of perspectives on cycling issues. The programme will produce issue papers, reports and other outputs for policy and practitioner audiences

Contractor(s)

TRL Limited
Crowthorne House, Nine Mile Ride, Wokingham, Berkshire, RG40 3GA
+44 (0)1344 773131

Institute for Transport Studies
University of Leeds, 38 University Road, Leeds, LS2 9JT
Tel: +44 (0)113 233 5325 / 5326

MVA Limited
MVA House, Victoria Way, Woking, Surrey, GU21 1DD
+44 (0)1483 728051

SHM Productions Ltd
20-22 Bedford Row, London, WC1R 4EB

Contract details

Cost to the Department: £527,719.00

Actual start date: 21 August 2008

Expected completion date: 20 August 2010

Publication(s)

Cycling, Safety and Sharing the Road: Qualitative Research with Cyclists and Other Road Users
Author: SimonChristmas, Shaun Helman, Su Buttress, Celia Newman and rebeccautchins
Publication date: 15/12/2009
£0.00
ISBN: 9781848640986
More information: http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/roadsafety/research/rsrr/theme1/researchreport/pdf/rswp17.pdf

Collisions Involving Cyclists on Britainís Roads: Establishing the Causes - Findings
Author: J. Knowles, S. Adams, R. Cuerden, T. Savill, S. Reid and M. Tight,
Publication date: 13/01/2009
£0.00
ISBN: N/A
Source: DfT Publications - Cambertown
More information: http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/roadsafety/research/rsrr/theme1/ppr445.pdf

Collisions involving pedal cyclists on Britain's roads: establishing the causes
Author: J Knowles, S Adams, R Cuerden, T Savill, S Reid, M Tight
Publication date: 15/12/2009
£35.00
ISBN: 978-1-84608-841-4
Source: TRL
More information: http://www.trl.co.uk/online_store/reports_publications/trl_reports/cat_road_user_safety/report_collisions_involving_pedal_cyclists_on_britain_s_roads_establishing_the_causes_.htm

Technical Annex to PPR445 - Collisions involving pedal cyclists on Britain's roads: establishing the causes
Author: Knowles, S Adams, R Cuerden, T Savill, S Reid, M Tight
Publication date: 15/12/2009
£35.00
ISBN: 978-1-84608-840-7
Source: TRL
More information: http://www.trl.co.uk/online_store/reports_publications/trl_reports/cat_road_user_safety/report_technical_annex_to_ppr445___collisions_involving_pedal_cyclists_on_britains_roads:_establishing_the_causes.htm

The Potential for Cycle Helmets to Prevent Injury: A Review of the Evidence - Findings
Author: D. Hynd, R. Cuerden, S. Reid and S. Adams
Publication date: 15/12/2009
£0.00
ISBN: N/A
Source: DfT
More information: http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/roadsafety/research/rsrr/theme1/ppr446.pdf

Cycle Helmet Wearing in 2008 - Findings
Author: Catherine Sharratt, Omar Anjum and Louise Walter
Publication date: 24/09/2009
£0.00
ISBN: N/A
Source: DfT Publications - Cambertown
More information: http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/+/http:/www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/roadsafety/research/rsrr/theme1/PPR420.pdf

Cycle helmet wearing in 2008
Author: C Sharratt, L Walter, O Anjum
Publication date: 24/09/2009
£35.00
ISBN: 978-1-84608-805-6
Source: TRL
More information: http://www.trl.co.uk/online_store/reports_publications/trl_reports/cat_road_user_safety/report_cycle_helmet_wearing_in_2008.htm

Summary of results

  1. This report presents findings from qualitative research carried out with cyclists and other road-users in June 2009 by Simon Christmas Ltd, the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) and SHM, as part of the wider research programme, Road User Safety and Cycling, being led by TRL on behalf of the Department for Transport.
    This phase of work has been largely 'descriptive', aiming to provide a map of the diversity of safety-relevant motivations, attitudes, perceptions and behaviour among cyclists and other road users (ORUs).
    Cycling sits at the intersection of a number of policy priorities - from road safety to health promotion and carbon reduction. We hope that the findings in this report will prove useful to a range of audiences; but our focus throughout the design, delivery and reporting of the research has been on issues of road safety. All of the distinctions we make, being based on qualitative work, would benefit from quantitative validation and scaling.