2-Wheeler Behaviuor and Safety

Published: 11 May 2011

The experiment done in the Activity 3.2 (WP3) of the 2BeSafe project is focused on in-depth investigation of motorcyclists’ Risk Awareness, across 6 European countries. Risk awareness was primarily considered in this study as cognitive ability of hazard perception and situational criticality assessment, but this ability is however liable to be influenced by sociological and individual factors (like motivation for using motorbike and type of motorbike, motorcycling practices, attitude towards risk or risk taking when riding). But motorcyclists’ countries of origin (due to specific law, concerning for example training and type of riding license, specific traffic rules or legal types of motorbike used according to the riding licenses, etc), is also liable to be a factor impacting rider’s risk awareness. LTU participates as a participating partner with six other European partners.

The main results obtained through this experiment on motorcyclists’ Risk Awareness (as assessed with the CRITIC video-based method) demonstrate that not any statistically significant differences are observed at the Inter-Countries level. By contrast, significant differences in risk awareness ability are observed between Commuters and Sport Riders (i.e. Inter-Profiles level): in comparison with Sport Riders, Commuters globally underestimate the situational criticality of the CRITIC video sequences. Other differences between these two profiles of motorcyclists also appear concerning their respective
(1) motivations for using a motorbike (Commuters’ motivations are mainly “saving time”, “easier parking” and “advantage costs”, against “pleasure of riding”, “riding bend” and “acceleration feeling” for Sport Riders),
(2) risky manoeuvres implemented when riding (for example, more frequent overtaking between lanes or filtering between cars on highway for Sport Riders, against more frequent use of bus lanes and of hard-shoulder for Commuters), and
(3) speeding attitudes (for example, higher maximal or cruise speeds practiced by the Sport Riders than by Commuters).

The LTU part is funded by the MHF and runs from 2009 to 2011.