A new research project has been launched to explore issues linked to the design of side road layouts and the way priority is offered to different users.
The project is being carried out by the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol), after the university received £117,000 of funding from the Road Safety Trust.
The aim of the UWE project is to provide a basis for better side road designs, so that risk for road users is reduced.
This will be achieved by analysing and categorising different types of provision, investigating the risk reduction of different designs, understanding how road users behave in different circumstances, and why they behave in the way they do.
The team at UWE Bristol expects this ‘well researched evidence base’ will underpin future design standards and guidance.
Professor John Parkin at UWE Bristol said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this Road Safety Trust grant which will allow us to explore in depth the issues linked to the design of side road layouts and the way priority is offered to different users.
“There are significant pressures to improve street environments for all users, and understanding user behaviour will allow us to provide recommendations for principles to be adopted for further developments in making streets more comfortable, attractive and safe for all users.”
The Road Safety Trust is a registered charity which since 2014 has awarded grants worth £2.7m to support projects and research.
Sally Lines, chief executive of Road Safety Trust, said: “The standard of applications was really high in 2019 with over 20 applications received under the theme ‘Innovative traffic calming and provision for vulnerable road users’.
“We are pleased to be able to provide UWE with funding to help achieve our vision of zero deaths and serious injuries on UK roads.
“We want to make the roads safer for all users in particular vulnerable road users which includes pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.”