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TitleA future of zero injuries and deaths of pedestrians and cyclists
AuthorsVan Den Berg AL, Ponte G, Mackenzie JRR, Raftery SJ
Year2019
TypeConference Paper
AbstractSince 1999, pedestrian land transport injury hospitalisations have decreased by an average of 2.2% per annum (Kreisfeld and Harrison, 2019). However, bicyclist injury hospitalisations have increased by an average of 1.5% per annum (Kreisfeld and Harrison, 2019) and in more recent years the increase has been 4.4% per year (Johnson, 2019). Considering there has been a reported decline in cycling participation in recent years (Munro, 2017) the increase in bicyclist crashes is anomalous. But the future looks optimistic, there are solutions that can enable a reduction, or potentially even eliminate, injuries and fatalities among pedestrians and cyclists. Motor vehicles have been progressively improved in terms of passive protection for pedestrians and increasingly are being developed with active safety technology systems that will prevent crashes from happening with pedestrians and cyclists. Even when a crash cannot be avoided, these active and passive safety systems can mitigate the severity of any injuries that might be sustained, by reducing the vehicle impact speed and providing a more forgiving vehicle outer structure. This presentation explores work that the Centre for Automotive Safety Research has been conducting over the course of the last 20 years, including passive safety testing and, more recently, active safety system testing.
Conference NameAnnual Australian Walking and Cycling Conference
Conference AbbreviationAWCC2019
Conference LocationPort Adelaide
Conference Date24-25 October 2019

Reference
Van Den Berg AL, Ponte G, Mackenzie JRR, Raftery SJ (2019) 'A future of zero injuries and deaths of pedestrians and cyclists', Annual Australian Walking and Cycling Conference, Port Adelaide, 24-25 October 2019.