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A course about how the vulnerability of road users can be reduced by an understanding of accident patterns and how an appealing traffic environment can be created for pedestrians and cyclists.

Target Audience

The course is suitable for professionals in various sectors where traffic and road safety are essential elements of the work, such as traffic planners, police officers, road engineers, urban planners and more. It's also suitable for politicians, journalists, or senior officials. The course level is tailored to the participants' prerequisites but is always at a academic level. Feel free to contact the responsible instructor to discuss specific prerequisites.

About the Course

The course provides you with the opportunity to study how the safety of vulnerable road users (VRUs) such as pedestrians, cyclists, moped riders, and motorcyclists can be improved through an increased understanding of accident patterns. Special attention is given to children, the elderly, and individuals with disabilities.

Teaching Methods and Scope

The teaching consists of lectures, problem-based learning (PBL) with scenarios, as well as tasks to solve and present. The scope of the education can vary between equivalent to one to four weeks of full-time studies. A customized education can be conducted at LiU's premises, at your organization, or online. You can also choose whether the course should include examination and the attainment of university credits.

Course content

The education includes subjects such as:
• Identification of accident factors and risks for all categories of unprotected road users.
• Non-infrastructural safety factors such as education and legislation.
• Infrastructural safety factors such as speed control, road construction, and traffic calming measures.

In the course, following concepts will be introduced and used:
• Design speed
• Operating speed
• Speed limit
• Optimal speed
• Traffic Calming Measures (TCM)

You will learn about the advantages and disadvantages of different TCMs, of which there are two types used internationally:
1. Vertical speed reducers: bumps, road cushions, speed tables, raised pedestrian crossings, raised
intersections, wider sidewalks, etc.
2. Horizontal speed reducers: roundabouts, chicanes, narrowing of the roadway (choker), narrow lanes, varied pavement, etc.
During the course, you will develop the competence to choose among these TCMs based on criteria such as road type, traffic flow, cost, impact on emergency vehicles, environmental impact, noise disturbances, etc.

More Traffic Safety Education

LiU can offer several educations in traffic and road safety for professionals. Feel free to contact us at LiU Commissioned Education if you are interested.