Complex cognitive interactions in a badly designed world: investigating the underlying causes of collisions between distinct road users

Paul Matthew Salmon, Michael Graeme Lenne, Guy Harrison Walker, Ashleigh Filtness

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Collisions between distinct road users (e.g. drivers and riders, drivers and cyclists) make a substantial contribution to the road trauma burden. Although evidence suggests different road users interpret the same road situations contrarily, it is not clear how their situation awareness differs, nor is it clear which differences might lead to conflicts. This article presents the findings from an on-road study which was conducted to examine driver, cyclist and motorcyclist situation awareness in different road environments. The findings suggest that drivers, motorcyclists, and cyclists develop markedly different situational understandings even when operating in the same road environments. Examination of these differences indicate that they are likely to be compatible along arterial roads, shopping strips and at roundabouts, but that they may create conflicts between the different road users at intersections. The key role of road design in supporting compatible situation awareness and behaviour across different road users is discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2013 Australasian Road Safety Research, Policing and Education Conference
EditorsNerida Leal
Place of PublicationAustralia
PublisherAustralasian College of Road Safety
Pages1 - 12
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventAustralasian Road Safety Research, Policing and Education Conference 2013 - Brisbane, Australia
Duration: 28 Aug 201330 Aug 2013


ConferenceAustralasian Road Safety Research, Policing and Education Conference 2013
Abbreviated titleARSRPE 2013

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