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.