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Keeping Stockholm's vulnerable road users safe during construction works

Author: Richard Adams
Posted on: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 10:18
Stockholm , ECCENTRIC

Stockholm, one of the cities in the CIVITAS ECCENTRIC project, is trying to develop its bike network at the same time as innovating to improve cyclists' safety.

The City of Stockholm is working to make the Swedish capital more attractive for cycling and walking. One way to do so is by enhancing safety for cyclists and pedestrians. Stockholm is therefore developing the city’s cycle network and walkways at the same time as maintenance and service is improved.

A new policy is being prepared to improve the safety of vulnerable road users who use the detours put in place during construction work. It aims to prevent a modal shift to cars and public transport whilst such work is ongoing, and ensure that five per cent more people carry on cycling than would otherwise have been the case.

To achieve this, the City has encouraged the development of innovative materials and signage adapted to vulnerable road users. In cooperation with the Swedish Industry Association for Safer Road Workplaces, it has invited entrepreneurs to present means for separating traffic near construction sites and road works.

Between 13–22 September 2017, a series of measures were demonstrated at three places in Årsta, one of the living lab areas involved in the CIVITAS ECCENTRIC project. These included speed reduction strips for bikes and nets to catch falling cyclists. These prevent them from riding into heavy barriers or falling into the road or walkways in the event of accidents.

The next step will be to compile results from interviews conducted with road users at the sites, as well as an online questionnaire. The conclusions and recommendations gathered from these will further boost the safety of the city's vulnerable road users safer in futu

To find out more about the ECCENTRIC project, visit its project page.

Image credit: Speed reduction strips and nets to catch falling cyclists, Lennart Johansson

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