In urban traffic, cyclists run a relatively high risk and they are highly vulnerable since the human body is fragile and lacks protection in a crash. Despite a reduction of accidents and fatalities, in many countries cyclists account for a stable or growing share of persons injured in traffic accidents, with a rate 7-9 times higher than car travel.
Around 2000 people riding bicycles are killed every year in traffic accidents in Europe and a very significant proportion of cyclist fatalities take place at junctions with a motorized vehicle. The future deployment of electric vehicles can cause less noise emissions, which may make vehicles more difficult to detect for cyclists leading to a higher collision risk.
The first objective of XCYCLE will be to significantly improve the safety of cyclists of all age groups and heterogeneous user types in their potentially dangerous interaction with passenger cars and HGVs.
Cyclists have to do much of their riding on the road where they must mix with other traffic. XCYCLE has an objective of developing user-friendly, technology-based systems to equalise the treatment of cyclists in traffic and thus both encourage cycling and make cycling safer. A strictly user-centred design flow will be adopted: all stakeholders (users, public bodies, entrepreneurs) will be involved in the cooperative assessment of XCYCLE concept and actual objectives, as well as in the construction of guidelines for service implementation, deployment and validation. The effectiveness of these innovative means will be tested in various real-life operating conditions.
Finally, XCYCLE aims at the enhancement in cyclist comfort by improving traffic signal responsiveness, so as to reduce both cyclists’ temptation to violate red lights and the journey times of those who comply with signals.
The expected outputs of the project will contribute in the achievement of the European policy objective of halving road deaths by 2020 and moving towards zero fatalities by 2050.