There are quite a few proven effective measures that are hardly implemented because of real or presumed barriers. On Thursday 14 October FERSI organised a successful online symposium on exactly this topic. The audience were treated to three presentations on relevant topics: an urban 30km/h limit in Spain, a strict, but evidence-based successful road safety management in Greece and the promotion of (voluntary) bicycle helmet use in Denmark. A lively discussion followed with input from the EC, the WHO and the scientific world.
Missed the online symposium? Check out the presentations below ánd be sure save the date for the FERSI conference where the discussion on topics like these will be continued.
On our way to the 2022 FERSI conference
The online symposium was a prelude to the postponed FERSI Conference in the Hague on 6 & 7 October 2022 around the same theme: Implementing evidence-based road safety measures, removing barriers and enhancing public support. This symposium clearly showed that there is still a lot to learn from all the different experiences in other countries. So, for the FERSI Conference in 2022, we expect many interesting contributions on a variety of road safety topics.
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On 14 October 2021 FERSI will organise an online symposium: Implementing evidence-based road safety measures, removing barriers and enhancing public support. FERSI announces the speakers and panelists at the symposium.
Three presentations will be given by practitioners and decision makers on vulnerable road users, speed and road safety management. Speakers are:
- Ana I. Blanco (Associated Deputy Director for Traffic at the Spanish General Directorate for Traffic)
- Giannis Kefalogiannis (former Deputy Minister of Infrastructure and Transport in Greece)
- Pernille Sølund Ehlers (Senior Advisor at the Danish Road Safety Council)
A panel (together with the speakers and the audience) will put the issues in an international, European and scientific perspective. The panelists are:
- Matthew Baldwin (Deputy Director-General DG MOVE and European Coordinator for Road Safety and Sustainable Mobility, EC)
- Astrid Linder (Research Director Traffic Safety at VTI and Adjunct Professor at Chalmers University of Technology)
- Nhan Tran (Head Safety and Mobility, Department of the Social Determinants of Health, WHO)
More information on the speakers can be found here.
This is the theme of the final event of the BE OPEN project that will take place on 9 June 2021, 13:00 to 16:00 CET. The event is free of charge and open to all, but registration is required (deadline 7 June). Read the programme and register for the event.
‘Streets for Life’ is the slogan of the 6th UN Global Traffic Safety Week (17 – 23 May 2021), calling for 30 km/h speed limits to be the norm for cities, towns and villages worldwide. FERSI supports this call, pointing at the importance of a low speed, in particular in urban environments with its many pedestrians and cyclists.
How do ordinary road users interact with self-driving buses in ordinary road traffic? Join the final seminar to hear the results on April 28th at 9 AM (CEST).
The main purpose of the AUTOBUS project has been to study how ordinary road users interact with self-driving buses (AV shuttles) in ordinary road traffic, at three different locations in Norway, namely Forus, Kongsberg and Oslo. We have used repeated field surveys and video recordings to gather data, and a key research question has been whether the interaction changes over time when road users get used to the AV shuttles.
Some researchers have suggested that since these AV shuttles run so slowly and so defensively, other road users will take advantage of this and hinder their accessibility in traffic. So, is that what actually happens in real-life traffic with AV shuttles?
The program and Zoom link of the webinar can be found on toi.no »
Unfortunately, due to the developments regarding COVID, FERSI has decided to postpone the FERSI conference until 2022. For FERSI as a network organisation par excellence, it was felt that meeting each other at a physical event is one of the key ingredients for a successful FERSI conference. The current developments regarding COVID could not provide sufficient certainty about the feasibility of such a physical event.
As FERSI continues to enhance road safety throughout Europe, FERSI aims to organise a virtual event in the run up to the conference in 2022. We hope to see you online before being able to meet again in person in 2022!
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FERSI is organising a two-day conference for researchers and policy makers on 28 and 29 October 2021 in the Hague. FERSI invites you to submit a proposal for a contribution.
This contribution would focus on implementation of proven, highly effective measures for, combinations of, some of the world’s main road safety challenges listed below, illustrating which implementation barriers were encountered and how these were dealt with, including, for example, political barriers, legal and liability concerns, lack of public support, or level of road safety culture.
The FERSI Conference will be postponed to 2022. More information »
We are very pleased to announce a new FERSI member: the Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences (FPZ) of the University of Zagreb, Croatia. FPZ is an iRAP Centre of Excellence and brings in a lot of relevant knowledge and experience to FERSI on, among other things, traffic engineering. FERSI has now 22 members from an equal amount of European countries.
Our beloved colleague Prof. Dr. Petér Holló passed away. Péter was in FERSI for a long time, representing KTI Institute for Transport Sciences. He was Executive Board member for several years. A kind, helpful, wise and pleasant person, open for debate, a real scientist.
Péter served KTI for almost half a century as a road safety specialist, scientist and teacher. He helped shape the Hungarian road safety strategy and has been involved in many different European projects.
Our thoughts are with Péter’s family and friends. He will be missed dearly.
Photo by Zoltán Író