Piloting the Naturalistic Methodology on Bicycles
Paper in proceedings, 2012
Cycling is not a safe activity in Europe and claims over 2000 lives each year. In Gothenburg,
Sweden, cycling safety has not significantly improved in the last five years, possibly due to the
increasing number of cyclists. This paper describes the effort to adapt the naturalistic driving
methodology to bicycles at SAFER (Vehicle and Traffic Safety Centre at Chalmers) in Gothenburg,
and how this data can enable novel analyses and the development of accident countermeasures
to increase bicycle safety.
The equipped bicycles that are collecting naturalistic data in Gothenburg as well as the tools
and algorithms used to visualize and pre-process the data are described. Further, this paper
reports on how naturalistic cycling data can enable novel safety analyses by mirroring previous
analyses on naturalistic driving data. Finally, this paper offers some lessons learned from our
current experience in collecting and analysing naturalistic cycling data and suggests future
safety analyses and development for the naturalistic cycling methodology.