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Trials of farside pedestrian signals at a Puffin crossing

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Puffin facilities were devised to increase pedestrian convenience and safety, reduce the number of unnecessary stops for drivers, and provide clearer and consistent signals to road-users by eliminating the flashing sequence at mid-block crossings and the pedestrian signal blackout at junctions. A feature of Puffin crossings is nearside pedestrian signals, the benefits being improved pedestrian compliance, comprehension and observation. However, concern has been expressed on the masking of the nearside signal and the absence of a visible signal once on the crossing. An on-street trial was commissioned by Transport Scotland at a Puffin crossing in Edinburgh fitted with both nearside and farside pedestrian aspects. The study sought to provide recommendations on the standard form of signalised pedestrian crossings in the Disability Discrimination Act: Good Practice Guide for Roads (Transport Scotland, 2009). Overall, the effects of the introduction of the farside signal were neutral or negative, except for the pedestrians’ stated preference for the modified arrangement.

Research 11/06/12 Transport Research Laboratory Add icon
Analysing the perceptions of pedestrians and drivers to shared space: Centre of Transport Studies, UCL

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This paper investigates the importance of certain person-, context- and design-specific factors affecting the perceptions of pedestrians and drivers to shared space. The results suggest that pedestrians feel most comfortable in shared space under conditions which ensure their presence is clear to other road users – these conditions include low vehicular traffic, high pedestrian traffic, good lighting and pedestrian-only facilities. Conversely, the presence of many pedestrians and, in particular, children and elderly, makes drivers feel uneasy and, therefore, enhances their alertness.

Research 01/05/12 unknown Add icon
Why does the outdoor environment matter?

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If an older person cannot get out and about locally, they are at risk of becoming a ‘prisoner in their own home’. This four-page, full-colour booklet gives an overview of all I'DGO One and I'DGO TOO research findings on why getting outdoors matters to older people and what key features of the environment help or hinder them in doing so, day-to-day. The text addresses how the design of gardens, streets, neighbourhoods and open spaces can make a difference to older people’s wellbeing and quality of life, covering topics such as: tactile paving; intelligent road crossings; ‘DIY’ and other shared space streets; residential outdoor space; access to neighbourhood green space; the provision of bus stops and shelters; and footpath design and maintenance. It also includes key messages and implications for professionals and policy makers, short notes on sample size and methodology and details of the research team and its partners.

Research 26/04/12 Inclusive Design for Getting Outdoors (I'DGO) Add icon
THINK! motorcycle road safety campaign evaluation: 'Named Rider' summer 2011 campaign

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This report summarises pre and post campaign evaluation research carried out in summer 2011, to evaluate the second burst of the THINK BIKER ‘Named Rider’ campaign activity. The research measures campaign awareness, message take-out and changes in attitudes and claimed behaviour relating to THINK!’s motorcycle safety campaign.

Research 25/04/12 Department for Transport Add icon
THINK! motorcycle road safety campaign evaluation: 'Named Rider' summer 2011 campaign

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This report summarises pre and post campaign evaluation research carried out in summer 2011, to evaluate the second burst of the THINK BIKER 'Named Rider' campaign activity. It is the first post stage evaluation for a motorcycle safety campaign without TV advertising.

General Information 25/04/12 Department for Transport Add icon
Investigating the potential health benefits of increasing cycling in the Cycling City and Towns

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This paper presents the results of analysis of the CCT Evaluation Baseline Survey results by independent expert Nick Cavill in collaboration with DfT social researchers. The analysis investigates the potential for delivering public health benefits through increasing cycling amongst different population groups. It then explores the size and characteristics of those groups to inform the targeting of cycling interventions. The results are relevant to local authorities who are making the case for investment in cycling, and considering how best to design schemes to realise the health benefits of cycling.

Research 24/04/12 Department for Transport Add icon
Cycling to School Report

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This report examines available data on the level of cycling to school since the introduction of the Bikeability cycle training scheme in England during 2006-07. The report draws on travel data from the school census and on Bikeability delivery data collected from local authorities that receive Department for Transport cycle training grants.

Research 11/04/12 Department for Transport Add icon
TAL 1/12: The Traffic Signs (Amendment) (No.2) Regulations and General Directions 2011

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The Traffic Signs (Amendment) (No.2) Regulations and General Directions 2011 (SI 2011 No. 3041) further amends the Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 2002 (“TSRGD 2002” – SI 2002 No. 3113) and came into force on 30 January 2012. Copies of the new SI are available from TSO at a price of £27.25 each. In addition to SI 2011 No. 3041, this Traffic Advisory Leaflet also contains guidance relating to the other sets of amendment regulations listed below, which came into force since the introduction of TSRGD 2002. Therefore, in addition to the current editions of Traffic Signs Manual, this document should be read in conjunction with the listed SIs and associated Traffic Advisory Leaflets, by all those involved in designing and implementing traffic management schemes and in road traffic regulation generally. While this Traffic Advisory Leaflet is intended to assist readers, it is neither legal advice nor a substitute for reference to the relevant legislation - and should not be relied on as such.

General Information 07/03/12 Department for Transport Add icon
Young Drivers' Road Risk and Rurality

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Young and inexperienced drivers are over represented within collision statistics globally and are often the focus of road safety interventions. It was hypothesised that young drivers who live in rural areas are more at risk of collision‐involvement than their urban cousins.

Primary Doc. 02/03/12 Road Safety Analysis Add icon
Sideguards on heavy goods vehicles: assessing the effects on pedal cyclists injured by trucks overtaking or turning left: TRL (DOP 9/10)

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Transport for London (TfL) developed and published a Cycle Safety Action Plan that proposed a wide range of actions to improve cycle safety. These actions include, under the heading 'technology', working with the freight industry to identify the most cost-effective commercial vehicle safety measures that could be fitted either to new vehicles or to the existing fleet. The action specifically states that sideguards and motion sensors will be considered. This study has drawn together the findings of research literature, in particular three recent studies that consider heavy vehicle safety generally and/or sideguards specifically, and undertaken analysis of relevant accident data in order to inform consideration of the likely effectiveness of sideguards in terms of mitigating pedal cycle casualties in London and in GB as a whole.

Research 16/01/12 Transport for London Add icon
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