Road Safety Plan, Iceland

City of Reykjavik

TMS was commissioned to carry out a Road Safety Plan for the City of Reykjavik.  The purpose of the Road Safety Plan was to:

  • review trends in road casualties since 1992
  • review progress with casualty reduction targets for 2002-2007
  • identify key road safety actions and new casualty reduction targets for 2008-2013

The previous Road Safety Plan was also reviewed and measures identified to bring about further reductions on casualties.  

Our involvement

Casualty trends for all the main road users groups were analysed in detail. It was found that in recent years there had been statistically significant increases in both minor and serious injuries.  The greatest rises in casualties involved:

  • cyclists and motorcyclists
  • nose-to-tail shunts collisions
  • collisions involving left turns

Local access roads had the highest percentages of pedestrian and cyclist casualties.

The casualty trends were compared with rises in the number of vehicles registered and the increase in travel in the City.

Conclusions and Recommendations

The following key areas for action were identified: 

  • Further investigation into cycling and motorcycling accident increases leading to Cycle training and publicity and Motorcycle training / testing and publicity
  • Engineering measures to reduce various types of accidents e.g. shunts, left turns and pedal cycles
  • Further speed reduction measures for access roads to reduce pedestrian and pedal cycle accidents
  • Investment in road safety engineering - Accident site investigation and Road Safety Audit
  • Supporting and encouraging other relevant bodies and organisations to;
  • Carry out speed enforcement  by camera on primary and secondary roads including the use of rear facing cameras to identify motorcycle infringements
  • Carry out education and publicity campaigns to target young drivers, drink and drugs infringements and seat belt wearing issues

The following new casualty reduction targets were recommended:

  • a 50% reduction in fatal and serious injuries by 2018 compared with the average for the 5 year period 2003-7 inclusive
  • a 50% reduction in minor injuries by 2018 compared with the average for the 5 year period 2003-7 inclusive
  • it would also be desirable to extend this to each mode of travel (pedestrian, cyclist, motorcyclist, vehicle occupant) and give special emphasis to this in relation to child accidents  
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