Towards inclusive road safety

Today I submitted the following abstract to Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers – Municipal Engineer (Added 1 August 2016, I have been invited to proceed and prepare a technical paper for peer review.)

Towards inclusive road safety

Road safety in the UK is of a checkered history. Originating from an age of free motoring and wide-open roads of adventure, its practices and processes have often been preventative to walking and cycling. UK road safety resorts to uttering warning words rather than a combination approach of engineering, education and enforcement, and so regularly blames and restricts the active travel modes. This is to active travel’s exclusion and reduction in participation when walking and cycling should be promoted and prioritised in environmentally, socially and economically ailing UK cities. A new approach to road safety will be discussed in this article, using principles of engineering risk assessment and sustainability. Countries like the Netherlands have road safety systems that are more holistic, take into account road design as well as promotion campaigns. Using risk assessment techniques this article seeks to outline how this system of “Sustainable Safety” can be applied in the UK.

More on the journal here and about submitting your own abstract here [pdf]

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3 thoughts on “Towards inclusive road safety

  1. I’d say that “road safety” in the UK DOES have a combination of what are described as “engineering, enforcement and education”. The problem is the content of those things.

    As I have explained on http://www.rdrf.org.uk and elsewhere, the “3 E’s” can – and have in the UK – generally backed up a background ideology working in favour of not only more motor traffic, but in favour of careless/dangerous/rule and/or law breaking by drivers. It has sometimes targeted danger at source, but otherwise frequently accommodated errant driving. The problem is not the absence of the (arbitrarily divided ) 3 Es, but their use in accommodating errant driving at the expense of other road users.

    Danger on the road is basically a question of which road user groups get freedom and power – and at which other road user group’s expense.

    It’s in the book here: http://rdrf.org.uk/death-on-the-streets-cars-and-the-mythology-of-road-safety/

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    1. Yes “three E’s” are ultimately nefarious … as I see you pointed out decades ago!

      Thanks for making that still-vital work available for free.

      Graham Larkin
      Executive Director
      Vision Zero Canada / Love 30 Canada

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