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Factors Associated with Cyclists Using a Bell or Calling Out when Overtaking Pedestrians

Foster, A., Legge, M., Haworth, N.

Cycling Issues

ARSC conference 2017

Authorities recommend that cyclists issue an auditory warning when overtaking pedestrians to reduce the risk of collision on shared infrastructure, however, little research has investigated this behaviour. An online survey of Queensland cyclists investigated factors influencing the frequency of warning behaviours. Results suggest that demographic and cycle use characteristics may not play a large role, but that perceptions of what other cyclists do and expect of them, and expectations that issuing a warning will reduce the risk of a collision with a pedestrian, may be more important. These findings may inform intervention campaigns to encourage safer use of shared infrastructure.