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New Drivers in Mobility: What Moves the Dutch in 2012 and Beyond?

Discussion Paper, 1 October 2012

  • Jan Van Der Waard, Ben Immers, Peter Jorritsma
    KiM, Netherlands Institute for Transport Policy Analysis, TRAIL Research School, Delft, The Netherlands
Rail, Road, Traffic Volume, Usage, Demand, Walking and Cycling

Walking and Cycling Policy Insights

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Cycling, Health and Safety

Research Report, 19 December 2013

  • Insufficient evidence supports causality for the “safety in numbers” phenomenon – policies increasing the number of cyclists should be accompanied by risk-reduction actions.
  • Efforts must be made to harmonise definitions of bicycle accident terminology so as to be able to make reliable international comparisons on cyclist safety.
  • National authorities should set standards for, collect or otherwise facilitate the collection of data on non-fatal cycling crashes based on police reports and, in either a systematic or periodic way, on hospital records.
  • Authorities seeking to improve cyclists’ safety should adopt the Safe System approach - policy should focus on improving the inherent safety of the traffic system, not simply on securing marginal improvements for cyclists in an inherently unsafe system.
  • Authorities should establish top-level plans for cycling and cycling safety and should ensure high-level coordination among relevant government agencies to ensure that cycling grows without aggravating safety performance.
  • Speed management acts as “hidden infrastructure” protecting cyclists and should be included as an integral part of cycle safety strategies.
  • Cyclists should not be the only target of cycling safety policies – motorists are at least as important to target.
  • Where appropriate, traffic speeds should be limited to less than 30km/hr where bicycles and motorised traffic mix but care should be taken so that speed control devices do not create hazards for cyclists.

Infrastructure, Road, Safety, Security, Health, Sustainability, Environment, Walking and Cycling