Safety at the Heart of Road Design
Call 2009 Safety, the second programme under ERANET Road, addressed the topic of “Road Safety with focus on Self-Explaining Road and Forgiving Roadsides“. 11 National Road Administrations committed a budget of EUR 1.485 million. The call received 18 proposals with 66 partners from 19 different countries. With 7 of those countries not members of the funding Programme Executive Board (PEB), this was an important step in establishing openness of the programme to entities across all of Europe.
The end of programme report for Call 2009 Safety can be downloaded here.
The programme funded five research topics. Further information is available through the links below.
ERASER: Evaluations to Realise a common Approach to Self-explaining European Roads
This project dealt with the Comparison and Implementation of approaches of self-explaining roads. It mainly aims to bridge the gap between fundamental knowledge concerning self-explaining roads and the practical, hands-on knowledge that road authorities require to make their roads safer by applying the concept of self-explaining roads.
RISMET: Road Infrastructure Safety Management Evaluation Tools
RISMET aimed at developing suitable road safety engineering evaluation tools that will support the aims of the “improvement of road safety through an increased awareness and acceptance to implement joint road safety solutions” based on the concepts of self explaining roads (SER) and with just consideration of human factors and tolerances.
SPACE: Speed Adaption Control by Self Explaining Roads
SPACE aimed to identify solutions that offer the greatest potential safety gains through a state of the art review, international expert panel review, interactive visual tools and driving simulator experiment.
IRDES: Improving Roadside Design to Forgive Human Errors
IRDES aimed to produce a practical and uniform guideline that allows the road designer to improve the forgivingness of the roadside and a practical tool for assessing (in a quantitative manner) the effectiveness of applying a given roadside treatment.
EuRSI: European Road Safety Inspection
European Road Safety Inspection (EuRSI) aimed to address some of short-comings in rural-road safety inspection procedures, where the vast majority of accidents occur. These include research and development of latest state-of-the-art mobile route-corridor mapping technologies to highlight hazards and replace existing manual inspection methods.