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Pedestrians and bicyclists are the most vulnerable road users and suffer the most severe consequences when crashes take place. An extensive literature is available for crash severity in terms of driver safety, but fewer studies have explored non-motorized users’ crash severity. Furthermore, most research efforts have examined pedestrian and bicyclist crash severity in urban areas. This study focuses on state roads (mostly outside major urban areas) and aims to identify contributing risk factors of fatal and severe crashes involving pedestrians and bicyclists in state roads. The results seem to suggest that besides improvements in roadway characteristics, additional countermeasures to reduce crash severity for vulnerable users should include educational campaigns, more strict control of alcohol intoxicated drivers, and protection strategies of senior pedestrians.
Álvaro Caviedes is an M.S. Student, Civil & Environmental Engineering at Portland State University. He is a M.U.R.P. Student, Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban studies and Planning, has a B.S. in Civil Engineering, Universidad de los Andes, Colombia, 2013, and currently works for PSU as a Graduate Research Assistant.
Urban transportation, Cyclists -- Stress (Physiology) -- Measurement, Transportation -- Planning -- Oregon -- Portland, Transportation and state
Civil Engineering | Environmental Engineering | Transportation | Urban Studies
Caviedes, Álvaro, "Exploring the Determinants of Vulnerable Road Users’ Crash Severity in State Roads" (2018). TREC Friday Seminar Series. 137.