The first urban road restraint system, designed for protecting pedestrians and cyclists is installed

07/04/2014 by cidaut

With the aim of mitigating consequences of a possible run-off accident of a motor vehicle and protect the vulnerable users (pedestrians and cyclists), CIDAUT-CIDRO has developed the first road restraint system (RRS) to contain impacts of passenger cars, coaches and buses.

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Run-off accidents in urban areas mean an important road safety problem, specially for pedestrians and cyclists, due to the fact that current RRS installed between the urban road (platform) and the pedestrian pavement or the cycling pathwhen they do not meet safety requirements indicated in the european standard (EN-1317-2 “Road Restraint Systems – Safety Barriers”).

With the aim of mitigating consequences of a possible run-off accident of a motor vehicle and protect vulnerable users like pedestrians and cyclist, CIDAUT-CIDRO has developed the first RRS ready to be safe (to contain) against impacts of passenger cars at 80Km/h (although urban speed limit is lower) and coaches and buses at 50Km/h: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXUixw1azK8. The impact parameters (based on EN-1317-2) measured during these crash tests will ensure mitigation of severity associated to this kind of accidents.

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Last May, this innovative solution was applied in the Spanish city of Lucena, urban road belonging to the Spanish Road Administration of “Junta de Andalucía”.

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