Implications for safety and planning of a sharp increase in moped and scooter use

Blackman, Ross A. & Haworth, Narelle L. (2010) Implications for safety and planning of a sharp increase in moped and scooter use. In International Conference on Safety and Mobility of Vulnerable Road Users, 30 May - 2 June 2010, The Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem. (Unpublished)

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The last decade has seen a rapid increase in the use of mopeds and scooters in some cities where they have traditionally been uncommon. One such city is Brisbane, the capital city of the Australian State of Queensland, where a 50cc moped may be ridden on a car licence, while riders of larger scooters require a motorcycle licence. The first study reported here observed stationary powered two-wheelers (PTWs) in designated parking areas at six-monthly intervals from August 2008. Over one third of all PTWs observed were either mopeds (22%) or larger scooters (14%), while the majority were motorcycles (64%) (n = 2037). Focus groups were then held to explore riders’ perspectives on safety and transport planning issues. Parking availability, traffic congestion, cost, time-efficiency were frequently mentioned motivating factors. Moped riders were younger and less experienced and less likely to have undertaken or value rider training, and less likely to wear protective clothing.

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ID Code: 17038
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: moped, scooter, safety, rider characteristics, rider licensing, Australia
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified (111799)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING (120500) > Transport Planning (120506)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Qld (CARRS-Q)
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 [please consult the authors]
Deposited On: 12 Jul 2010 01:14
Last Modified: 12 Jul 2010 01:14

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