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Traffic safety and security

Traffic safety has always been one of the core areas in which Trivector Traffic works, and we have helped to develop a number of Swedish tools and guidelines that contribute to achieving Sweden’s Vision Zero for traffic safety. We have several experienced researchers in the field of traffic safety who work on research projects, often together with VTI (the Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute) or various university partners in Scandinavia.

We use the latest research to propose practical solutions for our clients and partners to help improve traffic safety.

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Some of our relevant project experience

Safe and secure crossing points between cyclists and pedestrians

In a research project financed by Trafikverket (the Swedish Transport Administration), crossing points between pedestrians and cyclists have been studied. The aim of the project is to increase our knowledge of the problem as well as bring forward design principles to better handle problematic crossing points from a safety and security perspective.  To find out more, please contact Ulf Eriksson, +46 10 456 56 87.

Pedestrians and cyclists within the connected and cooperative transport system

Eighty to ninety percent of today’s traffic accidents are due to human error. Many these accidents can probably be avoided in a few years in a cooperative transport system. In a cooperative transport system, data on all transport users is collected in a cloud. The data is then sent to those transport users who can use the information, for example, those who are nearby and are interested in congestion. This is highlighted in a report from Trivector entitled “Pedestrians and cyclists within the connected and cooperative transport system.”  To find out more, please contact Jonas Åström, +46 10 456 56 31.

Traffic safety consequences of faster and more powerful electrically assisted cycles

Electrically Power Assisted Cycles (EPACs) can be classified in different categories depending on the power of their motor and to which speed electric assistance is given to the cyclist. Trivector have completed a study financed by the Swedish Transport Administration’s Skyltfond which looked at the traffic safety consequences of faster and more powerful EPACs. To find out more, please contact Anna Clark, +46 10 456 56 23.

Mobile IT and vulnerable road users

Mobile IT is a Swedish research project funded by the Swedish Transport Administration which looks at the possible risks when using portable mobile devices such as smartphones, MP3 players etc. There has been considerable research done which looks at how mobile devices distract car drivers, but this project looks at the use of mobile devices by vulnerable road users to understand the possible traffic safety implications. This is a follow-up to a project done together with VTI (financed by Länsförsäkring), which looked at how mobile phone use influences cyclists, through field studies. To find out more, please contact Emeli Adell, +46 10 456 56 22.

Safe pedestrian environments for older people – Comparison of perceptions of safety and objective safety

Older people are often discouraged from walking due to perceived safety related barriers in the pedestrian environment. At the same time, objective traffic safety considerations remain an important consideration in planning. For the Swedish Transport Administration, we studied discrepancies between perceived and actual safety barriers and looked at how older peoples’ perceptions of safety can be better included – together with objective safety considerations – into planning processes, and how ”safer mobility” can act as a guiding principle in planning.  For more information, please contact Hanna Wennberg, +46 10 456 56 08.

Traffic safety consequences of increased use of pedal-assisted electric bicycles (pedelecs) in Sweden

This project investigating traffic safety aspects related to an increased use of pedelecs in Sweden. This was done in part by finding existing studies on traffic safety and pedelecs, and partly by analysing the user groups of pedelecs, and associated safety risks related to these groups (e.g. older people, people cycling at high speeds, etc). The project included recommendations as to how to manage a safe introduction of increased pedelec use in Sweden. The project was funded by the Swedish National Transport Administration under the Skyltfonden. For more information, please contact Anna Clark, 010-456 56 23.

Development of a method to evaluate and improve traffic safety work in local authorities (Traffic safety audit)

The traffic safety audit is a method to evaluate and improve traffic safety work in a local authority, The audit was developed by Trivector in 2004, and in 2014 was updated, also by Trivector. The traffic safety audit includes indicators for Sweden’s Vision Zero and follows the Road Traffic Safety Management ISO standard for a management system for road traffic safety (ISO39001). The audit has been performed in a large number of Swedish local authorities. Trivector also provides training courses for the audit. For more information, contact Hanna Wennberg, +46 10 456 56 08.