Rural cycling in focus

4 April 2023–31 March 2024
Project manager
Katja Kircher

Active transport on rural roads has received less attention in research than its urban counterpart has. The measurement of overtaking distances is an exception, even though the focus in many cases has been on modelling the mean expected overtaking distance depending on external factors. Existing sensors have issues with reliability and flexibility.

The goal of the present project is two-fold. First, an overview of the Swedish rural road crash situation for car-to-pedestrian and car-to-cyclist situations will be provided based on the If-crash-database. Second, a portable sensor for logging data from a bicycle point of view will be improved. A current prototype exists and has been used to collect pilot data. In addition to measurements related to overtaking, it should also able to log effect and acceleration, such that it can be used for multiple purposes, including micro-simulation of cycling behaviour depending on various factors (e. g. hilliness, road surface).

Short facts

Research area
Road user behaviour
SAFER Pre-Studies Phase 5
If Insurance
Project type
SAFER Pre-study