• University of Kent – £197,236

    Project: Using Cognitive Responses to Assess and Improve Vehicle Brake Light Designs

    The aim of the project is to evaluate the effectiveness of existing vehicle brake light designs and identify factors that promote faster perception of the braking event such as size, shape, orientation, brightness and modulation. The project involves laboratory and on road trials using EEG (to measure brain activity) to test responses to different brake light designs, development of improved brake light designs based on the results of these trials.

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  • University of Westminster – £128,994.24

    Project: Reducing Cycling Injuries while Cycling Grows: a study of key route environment factors associated with reduced or elevated injury risk in the UK

    • Year awarded: 2018/19
    • Project duration: 17 months

    This research project aims to give a clearer picture of cycling safety by looking at risk per-kilometre travelled rather than just injury numbers. It will compare route environmental characteristics of sites where cyclists were injured with ‘control’ sites along their routes prior to injury. The project will deliver a research report and a stakeholder report and training on how to develop policy and practice based on the results.

    The aim of the project is to enable enforcement and planning agencies to identify high-risk routes, even if injuries are currently low. This will enable authorities to quantify impacts of infrastructural and policy changes on route-level cycling risk and injuries, taking into account changes in motor vehicle and cycling flows, including “safety in numbers” effects.

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  • Nottingham Trent University – £99,985

    Project: Comparison of Virtual Reality and non-Virtual Reality approaches to hazard perception training and testing: Does a 360 environment provide tangible benefits?

    • Year awarded: 2018/19
    • Project duration: 24 months

    The project will develop two 360-degree hazard tests, one using 360 in-car video and one using computer-generated imagery. Participant performance, eye movements, and ratings of perceived utility, comfort, immersion and engagement will be studied to identify any possible 360 advantages. Reports of ‘Simulator Sickness’ will also be taken into account in assessing the relative benefits of VR compared to standard screens. Studies will also indicate how to best create such tests.

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  • Swansea University

    Project: Capturing best information from witnesses to serious road traffic collisions

    • Year awarded: 2017/18
    • Project duration: 30 months

    The overall aim of this project is to increase road safety for all road users by increasing the efficiency and successful prosecution rate of investigations into serious road traffic collisions. It will develop a bespoke version of the Self-Administered Interview (SAI) specifically for use with witnesses to Road Traffic Collisions (the SAI-RTC),

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  • Sustrans

    Project: Developing and Evaluating Light Touch Traffic Calming Measures to Improve Road Safety Outside Schools

    • Year awarded: 2017/18
    • Project duration: 31 months

    This project will research, trial and monitor a range of light touch traffic calming measures outside three schools in the South East and Wales. The research will lead to publication of a handbook of guidance for schools

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  • Fixers

    Project: The Young People Driving Change Fix

    • Year awarded: 2017/18
    • Project duration: 12 months

    The project gives young people across the UK who have had negative driving experiences an opportunity to share their stories on a national level; encouraging other young drivers and passengers to stay safe on the roads. These advocates will speak directly to young drivers and their passengers through twelve ÔFixersÕ campaigns. The young people led stories, will form stand alone projects and will result in an open-source resource pack presented on a new micro-site that will be made available for the education of all young drivers.

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  • PACTS – The Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety

    Project: Economic influences on road casualties (Feasibility Study)

    • Year awarded: 2017/18
    • Project duration: 3 months

    The project aims to reduce road traffic collisions involving mobility scooter users. By increasing the skills needed, the project aims to reduce accidents and near misses. The project will also increase awareness of mobility needs, which may have an influence on future network projects.

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  • COVENTRY UNIVERSITY

    Project: Reducing Road Traffic Casualties through Improved Forensic Techniques and Vehicle Design (RoaD) - Proof of Concept

    • Year awarded: 2017/18
    • Project duration: 24 months

    The aim of this pilot project is to develop a proof of concept for a pedestrian trauma database. This would upport A&E departments at the accident site, law enforcement in pedestrian accident scenarios and the design of future safer vehicles. The project will also investigate the opportunity of performing novel virtual Post Morten using CT-Scans, which will improve PM accuracy and benefit grieving families by reducing the duration of the coronal process.

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  • Extern

    Project: Impulse control and road safety -- an educational intervention

    • Year awarded: 2017/18
    • Project duration: 19 months

    This project aims to add to the road safety profession’s understanding of impulsivity, its role in safe road user behaviour and possible counter-measures. It will research, develop, deliver and evaluate a classroom-based educational intervention for 15-24-year-olds with the following learning aims: To improve the participant’s abilities to make safe road safety related decisions through the development of the self–regulatory skills related to impulsiveness.

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  • TfL

    Project: In-depth analysis of VRU casualties arising from collisions involving London buses

    • Year awarded: 2017/18
    • Project duration: 3 months

    This study will look at new data sources in depth to investigate collisions and then provide recommendations to avoid or mitigate VRUs casualties caused by collisions with TfL buses. Such recommendations will include changes which could be made to buses, road infrastructure, road user behaviour and to those involved in the bus industry

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  • Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime

    Project: Strengthening the evidence base for effective pursuit management and decision making for police officers and staff managing public safety and policing of the roads.

    • Year awarded: 2017/18
    • Project duration: 9 months

    The aims of this project are to undersand the nature of vehicle pursuits within London and identify appropriate responses in respect of skills, training, pursuit management and resilience. This will be achieved through a comprehensive review of existing research and studies involving pursuits and risk management and assessment of training guidance in respect of risk. Qualitative interviews with those involved in pursuits, policymakers and investigators. Develop training for risk assessment strategies and contingency plans.


  • National Fire Chiefs Council -Research and Development

    Project: Extrication in Trauma (EXIT Project)

    • Year awarded: 2017/18
    • Project duration: 17 months

    This research will determine the effect of extrication techniques applied to casualties following road traffic collisions. The research will be carried out in a specialist testing facility using volunteers and will evaluate a range of techniques to measure force and movement. It will also test the use of techniques by lay people and different services (Fire and Rescue, the Police and Highways Agencies).

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