Cycling behaviour and road safety at urban intersections

This research should lead to knowledge in support of measures to promote the safety of cyclists at intersections. This knowledge is useful for road authorities (municipalities) to set priorities for the improvement of road safety for cyclists. In addition, the research results can contribute to the improvement of CROW guidelines for the layout of intersections.

Research question

  1. Which aspects of cycling behaviour are related to a higher risk of crashes at intersections? 

Various aspects of cycling behaviour will be considered, for instance distraction, speed and speed changes, red light negation, indicating direction, light, yielding right of way. The context of that behaviour, such as environment and other road users will also be considered.


Bicycle crashes are an important share among the road deaths and the number of seriously injured cyclists has increased over the last few years. Most bicycle crashes (road deaths, serious injuries) occur in an urban environment, where relatively serious injury is sustained at intersections. The latter mainly in crashes involving motorized traffic and due to the vulnerability of cyclists. There is not enough recent knowledge on the role of bicycle behaviour in relation with road safety at urban intersections.

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Start date: 01 Jan 2017
End date: 31 Dec 2017