The effects of hourly variation in exposure to cyclists and motorized vehicles on cyclist safety in a Dutch cycling capital

Uijtdewilligen, T.; Ulak, M.B.; Wijlhuizen, G.J.; Bijleveld, F.; Dijkstra, A.; Geurs, K.T.

While cycling is promoted as a sustainable and healthy mode of transport in many eitles in the Global North, there are increasing concerns about the safety of cyclists. The increasing bicycle use in urban areas leads to a more intensely used cycling network, resulting in safety risks for cyclists. Since 2010, the number of bicycle fatalities stagnated and the number of severely injured cyclists increased by 28% until 2018 in the European Union. lt is therefore necessary to examine how bicycle use and motorized vehicle use in cities affects the nunber of bicycle crashes. To investigate this, the effect of the network-wide hourly exposure to cyclists and motorized vehicles on bicycle crash frequency is examined. That is, the total number of cyclists and motorized vehicles in the whole road network for each hour of the week were estimated and used as the network-wide hourly exposure. This approach allowed us to capture safety impacts of temporal variation in the numbers of cyclists and motorized vehicles in the same network more accurately. lt is a different approach compared to most bicycle safety studies, which often only use the daily average of bicycle and motorized vehicle volumes. The work presented here is based on our publication in Safety Science.

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Contributions to the 10th International Cycling Safety Conference, 08-10 November 2022, Dresden, Germany


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