Older cyclists’ views on their own possibilities to improve their safety
Magnus Andersson, 2021. Cajoma Consulting
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Older cyclists views – Magnus Andersson 2021
During the period 2015-2019, 105 cyclists died in Sweden. Of these, 61 cyclists were over 65, which corresponds to 58 per cent of all cyclists killed. The project ”Older cyclists views on their own
possibilities to improve their safety” was conducted in 2020 by road safety consultant Magnus Andersson, Cajoma Consulting, Sweden. The project was based on a literature review and 17
interviews with cyclists between 65 and 83 years of age. The project focused on three areas: bicycle helmet use, bicycle status and risk situations in the traffic.
The project contains 22 recommendations directed to older cyclists. Among these recommendations are the following: To always use a bicycle helmet, even at shorter distances. To always abstain from alcohol in connection with cycling. To try to avoid cycling at intersections without traffic lights. Not to blindly trust the priority to the right rule at intersections. To try to lead the bike at passages that are perceived to be unsafe. To look safest way to cycle even if it is not equal to the nearest way. To lower the saddle height so that the cyclist can always have ground contact with the feet when sitting on the saddle. When buying a bicycle, to choose a type of bicycle of the right size and which enables the saddle height to be lowered sufficiently. To make a balance analysis in connection with health checks. The project was funded by Skyltfonden at the Swedish Transport Administration.
Stakeholder co-operation for road safety initiatives in the local community – sixteen success factors
Magnus Andersson and Evert Vedung, 2018. Cajoma Consulting, 2018.
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Aktörssamverkan för trafiksäkerhetsinitiativ i lokalsamhället – Andersson och Vedung 2018
The report “Stakeholder co-operation for road safety initiatives in the local community – sixteen success factors”, has been conducted by Magnus Andersson, road safety consultant at Cajoma Consulting, Sweden in collaboration with Emer. Prof. Evert Vedung, Uppsala University. Based on interviews and a literature study, the report has been financed with funds from Skyltfonden at the Swedish Transport Administration. Statements and conclusions in the report are solely the authors’ own and do not necessarily correspond with the Swedish Transport Administration’s positions in the subject area of the report.
The study contains two literature reviews and four Swedish case studies: Barnarp’s development group in the city of Jönköping, safe school roads to schools in Stockholm, safe cycling and the work with WHO Safe Communities in several Swedish municipalities.
According to Vision Zero, the government has enthrusted the system designers and the road users with shared responsibility for road safety. However, the role of the road users – and in a wider sense civil society and local communities – has thus far not been sufficiently defined. The aim of this study is to show how a bottom-up perspective might contribute to Swedish road safety strategy. The study focuses on what local stakeholders can do to promote local road safety initiatives and how collaboration processes among these stakeholders could be promoted.
There are several reasons for increasing the public’s active involvement and participation in local road safety issues. A “watch dog” is needed for road safety in local communities. Co-operation between local stakeholders can facilitate effective implementation of local government measures. Increased involvement in local affairs will strengthen civil society and local democracy. When people enter “dialogical communities” new prospects are created for change in the local neighbourhoods. Community road safety initiatives may generate positive spillover effects to other policy areas, such as sustainability, environment, health, employment and social integration. In the case studies and the two literature reviews, several examples of successful local co-operation between local stakeholders were noted. Sixteen success factors have contributed to this success. These success factors can be considered as recommendations for action.
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