Current and future trends in VRU accidents in Europe: why we need ITS solutions

Graham Hancox, Andrew Morris, Anne Silla, Johan Scholliers, Martin van Noort, Daniel Bell

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference article in proceedingsScientific


    Vulnerable Road Users (VRUs) is a collective term used to describe cyclists, motorcyclists, moped riders and pedestrians. This paper describes work undertaken within the EC's VRUITS project which focuses on reducing VRU accidents through the use of ITS solutions. The paper determines the current accident numbers within Europe for VRUs between the years 2002 and 2012 using the CARE database. Accident forecasting is then applied to predict future accident numbers if current trends continue and no successful countermeasures including ITS solutions are introduced into the Road Transport System. This shows the number of VRU fatalities in 2030 to be almost comparable to those of car accidents since car fatality rates are reducing at a far increased proportion compared to VRUs. The results of the study emphasise why the introduction of effective ITS solutions are necessary to improve the overall safety of VRUs.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication22nd ITS World Congress
    Subtitle of host publicationProceedings
    PublisherERTICO - ITS Europe
    Number of pages14
    Publication statusPublished - 2015
    MoE publication typeB3 Non-refereed article in conference proceedings
    Event22nd ITS World Congress, ITSWC15: Towards Intelligent Mobility - Better Use of Space - Bordeaux, France
    Duration: 5 Oct 20159 Oct 2015
    Conference number: 22


    Conference22nd ITS World Congress, ITSWC15
    Abbreviated titleITSWC15


    • vulnerable road user
    • road accidents
    • CARE data


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