Call to action: towards a practice of inclusive road safety

Leyendecker, Katja (2017) Call to action: towards a practice of inclusive road safety. Municipal Engineer. ISSN 0965-0903 (In Press)

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1680/jmuen.16.00052

Abstract

Road safety in the UK is of a checkered history. Originating from an age of free motoring and wide-open roads of adventure, its practices and processes have often been preventative to walking and cycling. UK road safety resorts to uttering warning words rather than a combination approach of engineering, education and enforcement, and so regularly blames and restricts the active travel modes. This is to active travel's exclusion and reduction in participation when walking and cycling should be promoted and prioritised in environmentally, socially and economically ailing UK cities. A new approach to road safety will be discussed in this article, using principles of engineering risk assessment and sustainability. Countries like the Netherlands have road safety systems that are more holistic, take into account road design as well as promotion campaigns. By example of three case studies this article seeks to describe current practices of UK road safety, then continues to outline how a system of “Sustainable Safety” can be applied in the UK. A revised road-safety approach would include engineers and planners becoming more interactive on the political plane and employing wider assessment boundaries to road-safety analyses.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Engineering ethics, Codes of practice & standards
Subjects: H200 Civil Engineering
K400 Planning (Urban, Rural and Regional)
L200 Politics
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Architecture and Built Environment
Depositing User: Katja Leyendecker
Date Deposited: 07 Nov 2017 15:39
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2017 16:00
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/32469

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