Field test on visibility at cycle crossings at night

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This report describes a field study which is part of the project "Road user support in night-time traffic". The first steps in the project were a literature review on night-time traffic in urban areas and a focus group study where road users' needs and experiences of night-time traffic in urban areas were discussed. The aim of the field study was to compare the night-time visibility distance of cycle crossings to the night-time visibility distance of bicyclists at the corresponding cycle crossings. This was tested both for dry and wet road surface. Twelve volunteers participated in the study; six at dry road surface and six at wet road surface conditions. They sat as passengers in an instrumented car at night travelling along a test route including a total of 19 cycle crossings. The participants indicated when they noticed bicyclists (stationary dummies) and cycle crossings along the test route, and the visibility distance was registered and stored.

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