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Traffic safety for cyclists and pedestrians – status and challenges

Authors: Torkel Bjørnskau
Report nr: 1844/2021
ISBN (digital version): 978-82-480-2383-8
Language: Norwegian
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The number of accidents and injuries among cyclists and pedestrians has been significantly reduced over the last 20 years, according to official accident statistics. In 2000, 47 pedestrians and 13 cyclists died, in 2020 14 pedestrians and 3 cyclists died. Collisions with cars and heavy vehicles is the largest accident problem according to the official accident figures, and this is often related to blind spots and non-compliance with the duty to yield. Injury data from the health service show a different picture. According to the injury figures registered at the Oslo Emergency Department, injuries after single accidents dominate, and collisions with cars make up a very small proportion. Falls due to curbs, tram rails, etc. are the most common accident mechanisms, but many pedestrians also slip and fall due to slippery surfaces. Injuries due to single accidents and collisions between vulnerable road users, will probably account for an increasing proportion of injuries to pedestrians and cyclists, as restrictions on car use in central areas in cities and towns increase. Hence, it becomes increasingly important to acquire good data on traffic injuries from the health service.


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