Description of the project

The project aims at developing suitable road safety engineering evaluation tools. These evaluation tools will allow the easy identification of both unsafe and potentially unsafe locations in a road network.

Unsafe locations are related with accidents or related indicators and potentially unsafe locations are related with design and other criteria. Such evaluation tools allow calculating estimates of potential benefits at the local and the network level and estimating potential effects on aspects such as driver behaviour. Such tools empower road authorities to improve their decision making and to implement measures which will improve the road safety situation.

Since evaluation tools rely on good quality data, RISMET will review available data sources for effective road infrastructure safety management in EU-countries, linked to a quick scan and assessment of current practices. This assessment will expand upon what was learned in the RiPCORD-iSEREST project.

Specific attention will be paid to new developments such as 'Safe speeds and credible speed limits' (NL); 'Sustainable safety network categorisation and evaluation approaches' (NL); 'Inventory based traffic and safety management schemes' (Elvik; Sørensen). Furthermore, RISMET aims at exploiting results related to the development and use of Accident Prediction Models (APMs) in road safety management.

RISMET will result in a set of easy to use guidelines and codes of practice for the development and use of comprehensive road safety engineering evaluation tools, with a specific focus on APMs. These system based tools will consider the relations between road design, road user behaviour, traffic, and road safety. A guideline and data specification providing the minimum requirements for data collecting and recording will be included.

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