By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Insurance Weekly News -- Current study results on Risk Management have been published. According to news reporting originating in Diepenbeek, Belgium, by VerticalNews journalists, research stated, "This paper aims at predicting cycling accident risk for an entire network and identifying how road infrastructure influences cycling safety in the Brussels-Capital Region (Belgium). A spatial Bayesian modelling approach is proposed using a binary dependent variable (accident, no accident at location i) constructed from a case-control strategy."
The news reporters obtained a quote from the research from the University of Hasselt, "Control sites are sampled along the 'bikeable' road network in function of the potential bicycle traffic transiting in each ward. Risk factors are limited to infrastructure, traffic and environmental characteristics. Results suggest that a high risk is statistically associated with the presence of on-road tram tracks, bridges without cycling facility, complex intersections, proximity to shopping centres or garages, and busy van and truck traffic. Cycle facilities built at intersections and parked vehicles located next to separated cycle facilities are also associated with an increased risk, whereas contraflow cycling is associated with a reduced risk. The cycling accident risk is far from being negligible in points where there is actually no reported cycling accident but where they are yet expected to occur. Hence, mapping predicted accident risks provides planners and policy makers with a useful tool for accurately locating places with a high potential risk even before accidents actually happen."
According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "This also provides comprehensible information for orienting cyclists to the safest routes in Brussels."
For more information on this research see: Predicting cycling accident risk in Brussels: A spatial case-control approach. Accident Analysis and Prevention, 2014;62():341-357. Accident Analysis and Prevention can be contacted at: Pergamon-Elsevier Science Ltd, The Boulevard, Langford Lane, Kidlington, Oxford OX5 1GB, England. (Elsevier - www.elsevier.com; Accident Analysis and Prevention - www.elsevier.com/wps/product/cws_home/336)
Our news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained by contacting G. Vandenbulcke, Univ Hasselt, Transportat Res Inst IMOB, B-3590 Diepenbeek, Belgium. Additional authors for this research include I. Thomas and L.I. Panis.
Keywords for this news article include: Europe, Belgium, Diepenbeek, Risk Management
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