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Fatal and serious collisions involving pedal cyclists and trucks in London between 2007 and 2011

Talbot, R; Reed, S; Christie, N; Barnes, J; Thomas, P; (2017) Fatal and serious collisions involving pedal cyclists and trucks in London between 2007 and 2011. Traffic Injury Prevention , 18 (6) pp. 657-665. 10.1080/15389588.2017.1291938. Green open access

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: Increased numbers of people riding pedal cycles has led to a greater focus on pedal cycle safety. The aim of this paper is to explore factors that are associated with fatal and a small number of serious injury pedal cyclist crashes involving trucks that occurred in London between 2007 and 2011. METHODS: Data were collected from police collision files for 53 crashes, 27 of which involved a truck (≥3.5 tonnes) and a pedal cycle. A systematic case review approach was used to identify the infrastructure, vehicle road user and management factors that contributed to these crashes and injuries and how these factors interacted. RESULTS: Trucks turning left conflicting with pedal cyclists traveling straight ahead was a common crash scenario. Key contributory factors identified included the pedal cyclists not being visible to the truck drivers, road narrowing and inappropriate positioning of pedal cyclists. CONCLUSIONS: Crashes involving trucks and pedal cyclists are complex events that are caused by multiple interacting factors therefore multiple measures are required to prevent them from occurring.

Type: Article
Title: Fatal and serious collisions involving pedal cyclists and trucks in London between 2007 and 2011
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/15389588.2017.1291938
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.1080/15389588.2017.1291938
Language: English
Additional information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Traffic Injury Prevention on 8 February 2017, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/15389588.2017.1291938
Keywords: Cyclist, Trucks, Crash, Contributory Factors, Road Safety, Fatality
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Civil, Environ and Geomatic Eng
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1540186
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