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

Abstract

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

Conference

Conference22nd ITS World Congress, ITSWC15
Abbreviated titleITSWC15
CountryFrance
CityBordeaux
Period5/10/159/10/15

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Keywords

  • vulnerable road user
  • road accidents
  • CARE data

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Hancox, G., Morris, A., Silla, A., Scholliers, J., van Noort, M., & Bell, D. (2015). Current and future trends in VRU accidents in Europe: why we need ITS solutions. In 22nd ITS World Congress : Proceedings ERTICO - ITS Europe.
Hancox, Graham ; Morris, Andrew ; Silla, Anne ; Scholliers, Johan ; van Noort, Martin ; Bell, Daniel. / Current and future trends in VRU accidents in Europe : why we need ITS solutions. 22nd ITS World Congress : Proceedings. ERTICO - ITS Europe, 2015.
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Current and future trends in VRU accidents in Europe : why we need ITS solutions. / Hancox, Graham; Morris, Andrew; Silla, Anne; Scholliers, Johan; van Noort, Martin; Bell, Daniel.

22nd ITS World Congress : Proceedings. ERTICO - ITS Europe, 2015.

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Hancox G, Morris A, Silla A, Scholliers J, van Noort M, Bell D. Current and future trends in VRU accidents in Europe: why we need ITS solutions. In 22nd ITS World Congress : Proceedings. ERTICO - ITS Europe. 2015