Drivers' and cyclists' experiences of sharing the road : incidents, attitudes and perceptions of visibility

Wood, Joanne M., Lacherez, Philippe F., Marszalek, Ralph P., & King, Mark J. (2009) Drivers' and cyclists' experiences of sharing the road : incidents, attitudes and perceptions of visibility. Accident Analysis and Prevention, 41(4), pp. 772-776.

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This study explored the beliefs and attitudes of cyclists and drivers regarding cyclist visibility, use of visibility aids and crashes involving cyclists and motorists. Data are presented for 1460 participants (622 drivers and 838 cyclists) and demonstrate that there are high rates of cyclist–vehicle crashes, many of which were reported to be due to the driver not seeing the cyclist in time to avoid a collision. A divergence in attitudes was also apparent in terms of attribution of responsibility in cyclist–vehicle conflicts on the road. While the use of visibility aids was advocated by cyclists, this was not reflected in self-reported wearing patterns, and cyclists reported that the distance at which they would be first recognised by a driver was twice that estimated by the drivers. Collectively, these results suggest that interventions should target cyclists’ use of visibility aids, which is less than optimal in this population, as well as re-educating both groups regarding visibility issues.

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ID Code: 29579
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Cyclists, Driving, Visibility, Perception
DOI: 10.1016/j.aap.2009.03.014
ISSN: 0001-4575
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 Optometry & Vision Science
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Elsevier
Deposited On: 10 Jan 2010 22:20
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2012 01:41

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