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Charlotta Johansson
Karin Caesar

The aim of this project was to identify the difficulties associated with carrying out the operation and maintenance of road safety and accessibility measures and to find possible solutions. The focus has been on design in urban areas, with the emphasis on accessibility measures for vulnerable road users, especially handicapped. The project has included a literature review, interviews with municipal operational and planning staff, expert seminars, and a questionnaire survey among all municipalities in Sweden. These studies show that there is reason to examine detailed design from an operational and maintenance perspective, especially at pedestrian crossings. The difficulty lies in finding a balance between road safety, accessibility and aesthetics, and to carry out maintenance and operation within the budgetary restrictions. The studies unambiguously show that manual operations should be avoided, since work which must be carried out by hand is poorly or not at all performed. What is accessible to all in the summertime is thus not accessible to all during winter conditions. All uses of slabs and brick pavers increase the need for maintenance since they easily become uneven and weeds grow in the joints. The tactile slabs are also difficult to clean, and are worn down in use and thus gradually lose their function. Other design details which are difficult to service is the directional edge guiding a visually impaired person across the street from a pedestrian crossing, and the 0.9-1.0 m wide ramp down to carriageway level to make it easier for the physically disabled to cross a street. It seems to be especially difficult to service the raised edge in the central refuge, and it is therefore a measure which many municipalities have decided to omit. The possibility to use smaller vehicles in snow clearance has been investigated with the conclusion that at the present this is not an option. There is a lower limit to vehicle size, with regard to both capacity and stability. On the other hand, increase of the ramp width up to 1.5 m could solve the problems and the raised edge in the central refuge could be replaced by three rows of domed slabs. In order to retain accessibility and road safety in all conditions, operational issues must be considered in the planning and design stage, and operational routines and methods need to be adapted to the new design details.



Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA) workshop in Stockholm

An open seminar and workshop in Stockholm will be held on 25-26 April 2018. The workshop deals with the use of CBA as a basis for decision-making in the public sector. The workshop is organized by, among others, Professor Jan-Eric Nilsson, VTI.



Ulf Sandberg has been presented with the TTI Lifetime Achievement Award 2018

VTI’s Senior Research Leader Ulf Sandberg has been presented with the TTI Lifetime Achievement Award 2018 for his work on research into tyres and road surface.


Steps need to be taken to increase traffic safety of automated cars

Several steps are necessary to ensure that automated and connected cars will lead to increased traffic safety – everything from ensuring that technology takes vulnerable road users into account, to new forms of driver training. This has emerged in a position...


FALCON examines challenges in the transport sector

VTI is one of several important partners in the major FALCON project*, whose purpose is to create knowledge and insight regarding the transport sector. In an initial subproject, VTI has produced a manual on transport, logistics and multimodality.


VTI joined research cooperation in China

In December 2017 VTI became a member of China-Sweden Research Centre for Traffic Safety (CTS).


Swedish German research collaboration on Electric Road Systems

The project “Swedish-German research collaboration on Electric Road Systems” (CollERS) has now officially started. The goal of the project is to increase the common knowledge around Electric Road Systems by cooperation between Germany and Sweden and to...


Electric Road Systems Conference 2018

After a successful first conference in June 2017, the Swedish research and innovation platform for electric roads is arranging the second dedicated International Conference on Electric Road Systems (ERS) June 13th and 14th 2018.