The Road Safety Institute “Panos Mylonas” (RSI), organised the 16th Year Anniversary Event of the Institute, under the auspices of H.E. the President of the Hellenic Republic, Katerina Sakellaropoulou, at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC), on 9 September. The message of the event was: “With a vision, we grow stronger TOGETHER” and it was attended by a number of personalities, representatives of the country’s leadership, politicians, executives from the Public and Private sector and other important social partners who pledged the commitment to improving Road Safety in Greece.
The International Road Federation (IRF) released the 58th edition of the IRF World Road Statistics 2021 (WRS2021) which continues to be the major comprehensive, universal source of statistical data on road networks, traffic and inland transport, including traffic accidents. This year the WRS 2021 (data 2014-2019) includes up-to-date information for more than 200 countries and 180+ indicators, with the active contribution of NTUA for the Greek data. Split into 11 sections, it includes key data on topics such as Road Networks, Multimodal Traffic, Road Expenditures & Revenues, Road Traffic, Vehicles in Use, Energy Consumption, CO2 Emissions and Road Accidents, and much more.
The SHOW project (SHared automation Operating models for Worldwide adoption) is organising the 2nd Pan-European Workshop, titled “Which path for a meaningful, sustainable and feasible CCAM in Europe?”, which will be held in Brussels and online, on 30 September. In the workshop, speakers from European and national governmental bodies, industry, public authorities and academia will share concrete experiences from the SHOW project and other initiatives. Registration is open
Eva Michelaraki, NTUA PhD Candidate & Researcher, received the Young Researcher Best Paper on Road Safety Αward 2021 during the International Congress on Transport Research 2021. The Award is granted jointly by the Hellenic Institute of Transportation Engineers (HITE), the Hellenic Institute of Transport (HIT/CERTH), and the Hellenic Association of Toll Road Network (Hellastron). The award concerned the paper entitled: “Modelling the Safety Tolerance Zone: Recommendations from the i-DREAMS project”, co-authored by Christos Katrakazas, Tom Brijs and George Yannis.
The Hellenic Institute of Transportation Engineers (HITE) and the Hellenic Institute of Transport (HIT/CERTH) co-organized with great success the “10th International Congress on Transportation Research” (ICTR 2021), which was held on 2-3 September, 2021, in Rhodes. The spotlight theme of the 2021 Congress was: “Future Mobility and Resilient Transport: Transition to innovation“. NTUA contributed actively with the following 30 scientific papers and presentations:
- Modelling the Safety Tolerance Zone: Recommendations from the i-DREAMS project
- Impacts of autonomous transit services on urban networks: The case of Athens, Greece
- Forecasting impacts of Connected and Automated Transport Systems within the Levitate project
- Key Performance Indicators for safe fluid interactions within automated vehicles
- Identifying KPIs for the safety assessment of autonomous vehicles through traffic microsimulation
- Traffic impact assessment of the pilot implementation of Athens Great Walk
- Traffic Impact Assessment of Innovative Traffic and Parking Measures in the Center of Athens
- Analysis of traffic and parking characteristics in Athens
- Lessons Learned from Bicycle Traffic Rules in OECD Countries
- Investigating the acceptance of environmental parking charging and congestion charging in urban centers in Greece
- Investigation of speeding and aggressive behavior of professional drivers on highways through an innovative smartphone application
- Challenges, Opportunities and Constraints of Open Science in Transport Research
- Clash of cultures in Greek traffic? What happens when a Southern European road safety culture is mixed with a Northern European road safety culture?
- Fatigue among HGV drivers in Norway and Greece: examining the influence of national road safety culture
- Development of the Road Safety Strategic Plan in Greece 2021-2030
- Assessment of the evolution of road safety in Greece
- A Common Methodology for the Collection of Key Performance Indicators for Road Safety in the EU
- Action Plan for promoting electromobility in the Region of Attica
- Techno-Economic Feasibility Analysis for Electromobility in the Region of Attica
- A four-country comparative overview of the impact of COVID-19 on traffic safety behavior
- Best practice for safe roads around schools
- Urban Planning Standards and transportation planning
- Design Considerations of Compound Alignments Resulting from Visibility Restrictions by Median Jersey Barriers
- Feasibility study of pedestrian bridge construction in urban arterials in Athens
- Investigation of factors affecting serious crash injuries in Europe
- Public opinion on Flying Autonomous Vehicles in Greece: a stated preference approach
- Public opinion on e-scooters in Athens: a stated preference approach
- The impact of weather conditions and driver characteristics on road safety
- What is the area of influence of a vehicle on the road? Theoretical Aspects and Some empirical Findings
- Comparative Investigation of Road Accident Cost in The European Union
The General Assembly of the United Nations (UN) decided that a high‑level meeting on improving global road safety will be held in New York in 2022, right after the Economic and Social Council’s high-level political forum on sustainable development, under the theme of “The 2030 horizon for road safety: securing a decade of action and delivery”. The meeting will adopt a concise, action-oriented political decision to be submitted by the President of the General Assembly for adoption by that organ.
Trip characteristics impact on the frequency of harsh events recorded via smartphone sensors, August 2021.
A paper titled “Trip characteristics impact on the frequency of harsh events recorded via smartphone sensors” authored by Armira Kontaxi, Apostolos Ziakopoulos and George Yannis is published online in IATSS Research. Results indicate that maximum speed, the percentage of speeding duration and total trip duration are positively correlated with both harsh acceleration and harsh braking frequencies. On the other hand, the exposure metric of total trip distance was found to be negatively correlated with both harsh event types. A small positive correlation of the percentage of mobile use duration with harsh accelerations was also detected.
The World Road Association – PIARC recently published a Report titled “Automated Vehicles – Challenges and Opportunities for Road Operators and Road Authorities“. It is likely that some support from the infrastructure will be needed to reach higher levels of automation. Among others, this Report provides initial insights on digital infrastructure and mentions 11 key challenges to tackle regarding social issues in order to make automation a success.
Impact of socioeconomic and transport indicators on road safety during the crisis period in Europe, July 2021.
A paper titled “Impact of socioeconomic and transport indicators on road safety during the crisis period in Europe“, authored by Dimitris Nikolaou, Katerina Folla and George Yannis is published online in International Journal of Injury Control and Safety Promotion. The results of this research show that the evolution of human development affects the outcomes of road crashes more than suicides and passenger-kilometers travelled. After the end of the crisis, the impact of human development is even higher. Concerning passenger-kilometers travelled, there is an increase in the relative impact on road fatalities after the end of the crisis.
The project EDWARD (Every Day Without A Road Death) is organising a Week of Action under the theme: Fit for the Road, on 13-17 September. A number of Road Trips aim to showcase great examples of road planning, design and engineering, the safest vehicles, nationwide efforts to deter dangerous behaviour and advances in emergency post-crash care.
iRAP in cooperation with the Regional Road Safety Observatories in Africa (ARSO), Asia-Pacific (APRSO), Ibero-America (OISEVI), Europe (ERSO) and West Balkans (WBRSO), is organising the 2021 iRAP Innovation Workshop which will be held online, on 7 and 14 October. The Workshop will take place under the theme “Data Driven Innovation to Halve Global Road Deaths by 2030” and it aims to bring together global innovation, policy, technical and road safety leaders, along with investment experts, with the capacity to implement change and eliminate high-risk roads. Registration is open
The 33rd ICTCT Conference will be held online, on 28-29 October under the theme: Paving the way to safer active urban mobility—challenges and opportunities. Among other topics, the Conference will include two special sessions titled: Processing of traffic safety relevant data: data generation, data fusion, data enhancement and Surrogate measures of safety. Registration is open
Nneka Henry, Head of the UN Road Safety Fund (UNRSF), together with Namita Shah, Chairwoman of the TOTALEnergies Foundation, published an article titled: Saving Young Lives, Protecting the Planet, and Growing the Economy: Road Safety for 2030. The article highlights that the global road safety crisis is the leading cause of death among children and youth and that the UNRSF and partners outline ways to make travel safer in developing countries, where 93% of the world’s road traffic deaths occur.
Investigation of the speeding behavior of motorcyclists through an innovative smartphone application, June 2021.
A paper titled “Investigation of the speeding behavior of motorcyclists through an innovative smartphone application“, authored by Armira Kontaxi, Apostolos Ziakopoulos and George Yannis is published online in Traffic Injury Prevention. The present research contributes a preliminary example of the quantitative documentation of the impact of personalized rider feedback on one of the most important human risk factors; speeding. The ultimate objective when providing feedback to riders is to: (i) trigger their learning and self-assessment process, thus enabling them to gradually improve their performance and (ii) monitor the shift of riding behavior as the application provides feedback.
CIVINET is organising the 1st CIVINET Greece-Cyprus Forum under the theme “Greek Society Towards the Challenge of Sustainable Mobility on the horizon of 2030”, which will be held in Athens, on 9-10 December 2021. The Conference will be an opportunity for scientific organisations and researchers all over Europe to share their research results, tools, studies, and innovative solutions, with the rapidly growing Greek-speaking sustainable mobility community.
The Second Meeting of the Road Safety Governmental Committee was held on 27 July at the Hellenic Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport. The discussed topics were the upgrade and the promotion of the educational platform “e-drive academy”, the digitalization of the fines’ imposition and collection due to Road Traffic Code violations and the collection of good quality data for a uniform and systematic record of road crashes. Participants in the committee were: the Deputy Minister of Infrastructure and Transport Yannis Kefalogiannis, the Deputy Minister of Citizen Protection Eleftherios Oikonomou, the Alternate Minister of Interior Stelios Petsas, the Deputy Minister of Education and Religious Affairs Zeta Makri, the Deputy Minister of Digital Governance Georgios Georgantas, the coordinator of the Road Safety Executive Committee Amalia Polydoropoulou and NTUA Professor George Yannis.
Examining the relationship between impaired driving and past crash involvement in Europe: Insights from the ESRA study, June 2021.
A paper titled “Examining the relationship between impaired driving and past crash involvement in Europe: Insights from the ESRA study” authored by Apostolos Ziakopoulos, Athanasios Theofilatos, Alexandra Laiou, Eva Michelaraki, George Yannis and Tova Rosenbloom, is published online in the International Journal of Injury Control and Safety Promotion. In this research, binary logistic analysis indicated that components involving overall personal and communal acceptance of impaired driving, overall and past year personal behaviour towards impaired driving and frequency of typical journey checks by traffic police were all quantities positively correlated with past crash involvement.
Voi Technology recently published the Voi’s Annual Safety Report with the active contribution of NTUA, under the theme Safer streets with shared micro-mobility, intended to increase transparency and foster a dialogue on how shared micro-mobility can make cities safer. The report covers Voi’s actions to improve road safety, insights on safety risks and opportunities for shared micro-mobility across Europe. Heavy, fast-moving vehicles present the greatest road safety risks, and lack of safe road infrastructure is a significant risk for all lightweight travellers.
The Association for European Transport is organising the 49th European Transport Conference which will be held online, on 13-15 September. The ETC 2021 conference maintains its unique identity of a multidisciplinary, multi-seminar format but in an online environment and it will offer eight simultaneous seminars per day plus plenary sessions. Key conference themes to be explored this year include COVID-19 and the consequences, the Climate Emergency and Inclusion and Diversity.
The International Road Federation (IRF) is organising the IRF Annual Conference 2021, under the theme “Innovation: Charting Pathways to Sustainable Mobility” which will be held on 20-21 October 2021. With fast-growing populations leading to significant urbanisation, the demand for new transport infrastructure is predicted to see massive growth in coming decades. The new challenges that the Conference aims to focus on, are the increasing expectations of businesses, service users and the public and the need to reduce carbon emissions and waste.