Category Archives: Cycling

E-scooters are making their way into the accident statistics

In Sweden the number of accidents involving e-scooters has increased from a few in 2017 to almost 500 in 2019 (January - October). This was also when electric scooters really made their entrance into Sweden's largest cities. Since electric scooters, or e-scooters, are a fairly new phenomenon in...

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Near accidents between pedestrians and cyclists much more frequent than actual collisions

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland studied near accidents and collisions between pedestrians and cyclists. According to the results, near accidents occur considerably more often than actual collisions, and pedestrians and cyclists experienced a lower sense of safety in environments with...

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Improved lighting for pedestrians and cyclists

Together with Lund University, researchers from VTI will study how outdoor lighting can improve the quality of walking and cycling trips at dusk and darkness. The end-product of the results will be recommendations for how footways and cycleways can be designed, maintained and illuminated in...

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Increasing cycling among the elderly

Cycling is good both for your health and the environment. It can give you freedom and the ability to get out and about, not least for the elderly. But with age, it can become harder to choose your bike over your car. Maybe your fitness and balance are not what they used to be, or you may have...

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Infrastructure measures in Norwegian cities increased cycling by 31 pct

Improved cycling facilities in city streets increased cycling by 31 pct. TØI collected data using a mobile app recording bicycle patterns. This is the first time data collected by Apps like Strava and Google Maps Timeline are used in Norway in better estimating the utility of investments for...

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Tests are underway in VTI’s new bicycle simulator

A project is currently underway in which VTI’s recently developed bicycle simulator is being used to study the interaction between cyclists, and drivers. The aim is to investigate how different infrastructure designs and types of vehicles influence cyclist behaviour at intersections. The...

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EU project protects cyclists and pedestrians

Cyclists are one category of unprotected road users
According to the World Health Organisation, more than one quarter of road traffic fatalities in 2010 were pedestrians and cyclists. Every year, about 335,000 unprotected road users die because of traffic accidents, which shows the scale of the problem. The EU project Prospect intends to...

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Bicycle helmets – To wear or not to wear?

A man wearing a bicycle helmet
Bicycle helmets reduce serious head injury by 60 percent. Chief Research Officer at the Institute of Transport Economics (TØI) Alena Høye has conducted a meta-analysis of the effects of bicycle helmets on serious head injury and other injuries among crash involved cyclists. 179 effect...

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A greater understanding of cyclists’ behaviour

Cyclists are often accused of not following traffic rules and being hooligans on the road. New research shows that there is no support for this perception. "Our observations reveal no such general anarchy" says Sonja Forward, researcher at VTI. Cyclists are one amongst the most vulnerable of...

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Bicycle crashes in Iceland analysed

Bicycling has become a popular way to commute in Iceland, as well as a way to exercise and enjoy the outdoors. Due to the broad group of cyclists, in terms of age composition and bicycle use, it can be tricky to identify the main problems this group of road users is facing. This article summarizes...

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