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An observational study of conflicts between cyclists and pedestrians in the city centre

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posted on 2014-11-01, 00:00 authored by N Haworth, A Schramm, Ashim DebnathAshim Debnath
City centres have large volumes of pedestrians and motorised traffic and increases in walking and cycling could potentially lead to more pedestrians and cyclists being injured. In this study, observers recorded cyclist characteristics, number of pedestrians within 1m and 5m radius and type of conflict (none, pedestrian, vehicle) for 1,971 cyclists in 2010 and 2,551 cyclists in 2012 at six locations in the Brisbane Central Business District. Only 1.7% of cyclists were involved in conflicts with a motor vehicle or pedestrian and no collisions were observed. Increased odds of a pedestrian-cyclist conflict was associated with: male riders, riders not wearing correctly fastened helmets, riding on the footpath, higher pedestrian density (within 1m but not within 5m), morning peak and 2-4 pm (compared with 4-6 pm), two-way roads, roads with more lanes, higher speed limits, and yellow marked bicycle symbols on the road.

History

Journal

Journal of the Australasian College of Road Safety

Volume

25

Season

Special issue: cycling safety

Pagination

31-40

Location

Mawson, A.C.T.

ISSN

1832-9497

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2014, Australasian College of Road Safety

Issue

4

Publisher

Australasian College of Road Safety