TRI has a well-established history of work in the road safety field particularly in cross thematic research where safety issues overlap with demand management, active travel, transport modelling and international sustainability. We work collaboratively with industry partners and provide input and advice to local and national government; for example advice to the UK government on safety cameras and participation on the 20mph working group at the City of Edinburgh Council.
Current work has specific focus on innovations in engineering and safety; in conjunction with partners from industry, TRI is investigating the road safety impacts of Intelligent Road Studs (IRS). This project focusses on before and after analysis of IRS installations in various scenarios and their effect on speed, lane discipline and driver behaviour. We also have an area of interest in the safety of vulnerable road users (cyclists and pedestrians - elderly, young and those with functional impairments); previously we have investigated cycle passing distances on roads across Edinburgh and we are currently investigating pedestrian behaviour at signalised junctions. Our expertise is internationally acknowledged, as shown by our participation in projects funded by the Qatar National Research Fund and also with Tabuk University (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) to assess risk factors for pedestrians and to develop an accident reduction framework.