Examination of Driver Behavior in Response to Bicyclist Behaviors

In order to make roadways safer for bicycles and pedestrians via infrastructure changes or in-vehicle technology warning systems for drivers, it is important to understand how drivers respond to such countermeasures, as well as to pedestrian and bicyclist behaviors. The primary objective of this project is gain a better understanding of driver response to pedestrian and bicyclist behaviors through the convergence of epidemiological, observational, naturalistic, data to create simulated scenarios to test driver performance. The project will specifically focus on the impact of different infrastructure (e.g., bicycle lanes, crosswalks, refuge islands, etc.) and in-vehicle warning systems on driver response to bicyclists and pedestrians in typical settings and during safety-critical events (e.g., pedestrian distraction). Surveillance and naturalistic bicycle and pedestrian video data will be coded and considered, along with epidemiologic data, to identify patterns. From this analysis, the common variables will be extracted and used to develop several scenarios to examine driver response to bicyclists and pedestrians.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Research project done at the University of Iowa.


  • English


  • Status: Completed
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    University Transportation Centers Program
    1200 New Jersey Avenue
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Kline, Robin

  • Performing Organizations:

    Safety Research Using Simulation University Transportation Center (SaferSim)

    University of Iowa
    Iowa City, IA  United States  52242
  • Principal Investigators:

    Hamann, Cara

    Schwarz, Chris

  • Start Date: 20140701
  • Expected Completion Date: 20160331
  • Actual Completion Date: 20160718
  • Source Data: RiP Project 36781

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01530187
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Safety Research Using Simulation University Transportation Center (SaferSim)
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT13-G-UTC53
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Jul 10 2014 1:01AM