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ADVanCE: Attention of DriVers and Cyclists in the same Environment

Reference number
Coordinator Statens väg- och transportforskningsinstitut - Forskningsavdelning Trafik och trafikant
Funding from Vinnova SEK 2 586 000
Project duration May 2016 - June 2019
Status Completed
End-of-project report 2015-06918sv.pdf(pdf, 1202 kB) (In Swedish)

Purpose and goal

The goal of the project was to investigate how drivers and cyclists interpret the same traffic environment, and how they sample information based on this. Better knowledge about how different road user groups understand a traffic environment and act in it should lead to an increased understanding for how conflicts and misunderstandings emerge in traffic. This is based on the preconception that the same traffic environment places different demands on the different road user groups, because the environment is built with motorised traffic as dimensioning vehicle.

Expected effects and result

The traffic environment is clearest for car traffic, as attentional demands often are rule-based and visible in the environment. Cyclists must consider informal rules to a greater extent, which are not as openly visible in the built infrastructure. Connected to this, cyclists feel that their position on the power hierarchy is lower, which can lead to illegal behaviours. This does not spring from a person’s character, but is a consequence of the actual role one has in traffic right now (cyclist vs. car driver).

Planned approach and implementation

23 test persons cycled and drove along the same route. Selected locations were analysed based on the demands put on the road user groups and behaviour in relation to the demands. Pavement cycling was investigated as illegal behaviour showing how the power hierarchy in traffic influences how the system is experienced. Additionally, adaptation strategies were found to be connected to the actual role as road user instead of one’s usual role that is, the vehicle type and not a person’s character determines the behaviour.

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Last updated 11 October 2019

Reference number 2015-06918

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