TRAFFIC INFRASTRUCTURE AND SAFETY


GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF THE COURSE

Main goal of the subject is to point out the correlation between road infrastructure and traffic safety – their interdependence. Students will acquire basic design principles of traffic areas inside (and outside) urban areas. In addition, students will get knowledge about safe road infrastructure design. During the course we will address important elements for “safe road infrastructure design”, for example: functional classification of road network, horizontal and vertical road design elements, cross-section elements, intersection and junction design considerations, facilities for VRU (pedestrians, cyclists..), road signs and traffic equipment, traffic calming measures etc. Special focus will be given to modern aspects of road infrastructure design and operations: self explaining roads and error forgiving roads.

 

COURSE CONTENTS

The course will cover the following topics:

  • Issues about traffic in the city / urban traffic – from traffic infrastructure point of view
  • Systematic and structure classification of traffic areas in urban surroundings
  • Safety interdependence from intersections layout in road network
  • Characteristics of the different types of traffic – motor vehicles, cyclists, pedestrians, public transport from infrastructure and traffic safety point of view
  • “Safe” landscape planning of traffic areas
  • Facilities for VRU (pedestrians, cyclists..)
  • Road signs and traffic equipment
  • Traffic calming measures
  • Self explaining roads
  • Error forgiving roads

STUDY MATERIALS:

  • SWOV: Advancing sustainable safety, 2006.
  • Theeuwes, Richard Van Der Horst, Maria Kuiken: Designing Safe Road Systems: A Human Factors Perspective, Ashgate Publishing Company, 2012.
  • Infrastructure and Safety in a Collaborative World, Editors: Bekiaris, Evangelos, Wiethoff, Marion, Gaitanidou, Evangelia (Eds.), Springer, 2011.
  • Project reports related to “Road safety and infrastructure”