Implementing sustainable mobility
A marked increase in private cars and bicycles has led to a growing number of accidents in Tallinn. These are concentrated on a few particular roads and at pedestrian crossings. The city will test new solutions to mark crossing.
The main objectives of the measure are to:
>> Improve safety at pedestrian crossings and on bicycle tracks;
>> Decrease the number of accidents between vehicles and pedestrians or cyclists;
>> Make pedestrians and cyclists feel safer in urban traffic; and
>> Foster a safe-driving culture.
International studies have shown that cyclists run the highest risk of accidents when crossing roads. Pedestrian crossings are also spots where accidents frequently happen, often due to low visibility. As the number of cyclists and people roller-skating continues to grow, better methods to mark crossings becomes a more and more important issue.
How is the measure progressing
Tallinn has completed part of a preliminary study to define the most unsafe crossings in the city. The municipality has selected concrete measures to improve safety at these crossings. It is now in the process of purchasing and installing equipment and road signs. Once the equipment has been installed, data will be collected to evaluate their effectiveness. There will also be infrastructure improvements to bicycle tracks and crossings. During the Smart Traveller Day 2010, Tallinn reached out to citizens to address the topic of safety as a first dissemination activity.
What are the expected results of the measure
>> A 15 percent decrease in the number of accidents where bicycle tracks cross roads and at pedestrian crossings; and
>> A 20 percent increase in satisfaction among light traffic users.
Contact: Kirsika Lääts