Task Forces

Powered Two-Wheeler Safety

Overview:

According to the World Health Organization (WHO,2022), approximately 1.3 million people die yearly from road traffic crashes. Shockingly, more than half of these fatalities involve vulnerable road users, namely pedestrians, cyclists, and motorcyclists. Even more concerning is that 93% of these road traffic deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries.

Powered Two-Wheelers (PTWs) (including motorcycles, scooters, e-bikes, mopeds, and three-wheeled motorcycles) have become a defining characteristic of mobility in many rapidly developing regions including low- and middle-income countries throughout the world. PTWs provide relatively affordable access to social and economic opportunities. Evidence has, however, shown that PTW operation can contribute to unsafe transport conditions for many riders and other road users.  Additionally, road engineering/infrastructure, unsafe behaviors of riders and other road users, and lack of specific training for PTW riders are also known significant risk factors. Governments have instituted measures to regulate the use of PTWs through policy and legislation to realize their mobility benefits and reduce safety concerns. In many cases, regulations have proven to be difficult to implement and enforce.

Consequently, this task force will evaluate current practices and problem areas related to PTW transport, and present recommendations to stakeholders on best practices for developing a Safe System approach (technical guidance, policies, etc.) to reducing global deaths and injuries attributable to PTW crashes. Though primarily focused on developing countries, the taskforce is open to covering PTW safety issues in all countries. As such, the task force will play an important role towards increasing the safety and sustainability of this globally important transport mode.

TF Leadership:

  • Rich Hanowski, PhD, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute
  • Kofi Adanu, PhD, Transportation Institute at the University of Alabama 

Performance Standards for Roadside Safety Hardware and Features

Each year, significant numbers of run-off-road (ROR) vehicle and motorcycle crashes occur on roadways and highways, resulting in epidemic levels of roadside fatalities and serious injuries. Although proven crashworthy roadside safety hardware exists to help reduce the negative effects of these crashes, there remains a lack of consistent safety information, awareness, and knowledge in many countries around the world. Thus, there exists a need to educate global governments, road authorities, consultants, and their leadership and technical teams on current roadside safety solutions, advancements, guidelines, and best practices that are associated with passive safety devices and their implementation.

Over the last 50 years, roadside safety hardware and features have significantly improved with the evolution of impact safety standards and criteria that are used for their crash testing and evaluating. Recent standards and criteria have included NCHRP Report 350, EN 1317, AASHTO MASH, and EN 12767. It is believed that improvements to global roadside safety can be achieved with the dissemination and implementation of proven crashworthy technologies meeting current impact safety standards and criteria.

This Task Force will take action to reduce fatal and serious injury crashes with the global distribution of knowledge, training, and technologies pertaining to crashworthy roadside safety hardware and features

TF Leadership

  • Ronald Faller, PhD, P.E., Director & Research Professor Midwest Roadside Safety Facility
  • Akram Abu-Odeh, PhD, Research Scientist, Texas A&M Transportation Institute 

Safer Work Zone Practices

Phase 1 – Scope:

Identifying stake holders, primarily government bodies such as Road Authorities, with a stated interest in improving their existing Work Zone practice for all users (pedestrians, travelling public & road workers).

Sharing of best practice methods and technologies from countries with an established focus on Work Zone methods.

Capture and promotion of new and emerging methods or technologies that benefit the Work Zone area.

Assisting interested parties to develop a working plan to adopt existing practices, or to develop their own, establishing goals and deadlines to achieve defined and achievable targets.

Assisting interested parties to establish specifications and establish minimum standards for road safety hardware with a defined path to make substandard hardware obsolete and unavailable for use.

Promote Work Zone Safety Education for different age groups and different classes of road users.

TF Leadership

  • Phil Luke, International Commercial Manager, Highway Care UK

Road Adaptation for Autonomous Vehicles (RAAV)

Automated Vehicles (AVs) are a game-changing (r)evolution in mobility, yet design guidelines for highway and traffic engineers remain mostly silent. This taskforce was established to fill this void by publishing non-binding, globally applicable recommendations on adapting road infrastructure design, construction and operations to support the needs of AVs.

Specifically:

  • Synthesize global knowledge among road authorities and AV stakeholders, and
  • Develop recommendations that road authorities can consider when planning their highways to support both human led vehicles as well as Avs.

The taskforce’s scope includes measures to enhance the quality and uniformity of traffic control devices, intelligent transportation system devices, digital navigation maps, as well as road structures. Where applicable, potential agency actions for readiness are considered, including measures to classify roads according to their level of “AV-readiness”. Although the taskforce primarily concerns itself with fully Automated Vehicles (Level5), shorter term measures to support the deployment of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) may also be considered.

TF Leadership:

  • Matthew Daus, President of the International Association of Transportation Regulators (IATR) and Transportation Technology Chair, The City College of New York, USA

ITS for Climate Impact Mitigation (ITS4Climate)

Faced with a climate emergencywhere transport is one of the biggest contributors,theITS industry and public policy have a major role to play in thefight against global warming. A stronger dialogue between the “climate community” and the “ITS community” is now needed if this fight is to succeed. This taskforce is established to build knowledge among road transport stakeholders from public and private sectors and to identifyappropriate, feasible and effective decarbonization measures. It will alsodeliver to IRF members and relevant global bodies recommendations based on preliminary results from the TS4Climate initiative launched in2015 and from IRF members’ experience and learnings from case studies.

The taskforce’s scope includes a comprehensive review of existing ITS solutions and their potentialcontribution to reducecarbon emissions due to road transportand their impact. Potentially effectivetechnology, policyand business measures comprise a wide range of tools includingelectromobility,connected & automated vehicles, traffic management, public transport, city logistics and Mobility as aService(MaaS). The task force will address how these might be optimized and deployed for maximum reduction of CO2 emissions. The taskforce will assess appropriate public policy and industrial responsesatnational, regional and local level neededto match the scale of the climate challenge.It will aim to recommend ambitious policies and programs for energy, transport, mobility, economy –and effective measures to deploythem rapidly.

TF Leadership:

  • Vincent Blervaque, ITS Got Solutions, Belgium
  • Olga Landolfi, TTS Italia

Taskforce Leveraging Emerging Data & AI for Improved Traffic Safety Outcomes

With the rapid development of data collection techniques and AI-enabled algorithms, new data sources have emerged that can support proactive safety management. This taskforce will map these new data sources, and investigate their value in diagnosing traffic safety risk and directing road safety investments.

TF Leadership:

  • Craig Milligan PhD, Road Safety Engineer / Senior Product Manager, Miovision
  • Praveen Vayalamkuzhi PhD, Founder & CEO, Mobility Vision

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