Accidents involving obstacles in urban environments

Accidents involving obstacles in urban environments

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Date de publication: 1 juin 2006
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In France, the total number of road traffic accidents in town is declining steadily. However, one category of accidents, responsible for more than a third of road deaths, is falling more slowly than the others: accidents involving obstacles. Although limiting driving speeds is a key area for progress, it is not enough on its own. The host of objects and safety devices currently invading the urban landscape can be managed within a framework that helps to ensure effective risk prevention.
The purpose of this special report is to raise awareness of this problem and offer ideas for possible solutions. It is primarily aimed at local authority technical departments and project managers, as well as design offices and contractors regularly involved in urban road improvement projects.
The document describes a method, illustrated with a selection of practical examples. It is divided into two sections. The first section covers the appropriate action for the objects most commonly found in the street, such as traffic islands at junctions, masonry structures, poles, signposts, plantations and urban furniture. The second section focuses more specifically on restraining devices, barriers and safety barriers. The document concludes with an outlook for the future, outlining measures that could help to further improve urban safety.