Changing TimesThe way transport systems are used is changing. Monitoring these changes, understanding the factors that drive them, and determining their implications for safety and efficiency is a growing component of the work undertaken by the Australian Road Research Board's behavioural scientists. We also work closely with other transport industry professionals to:
- offer solutions to transport safety or efficiency problems involving human behaviour
- contribute to better project outcomes through identification of best practice and well designed evaluations
- contribute the road user perspective to fields such as transport safety, transport efficiency, transport integration, road user education and driver and rider licensing.
Our capabilities include:
- field studies of driver, rider and pedestrian behaviour using direct observation, video recording and a variety of speed measurement devices
- content, process and outcome evaluations of road safety interventions
- gathering and interpretation of self-report data collected via a range of constantly-evolving methods based on questionnaires, group discussions and interviews
- analysis of crash data (with emphasis on understanding contributing behaviours) and driver offence data
- development of behaviour change programs.
The team is highly experienced in:
- analysis of crash and traffic offence data to identify problems and target groups and evaluate program outcomes
- surveys of road user knowledge, perceptions, attitudes and self-reported behaviour and crash involvement
- community and stakeholder consultation
- video monitoring of pedestrian and vehicle movements
- statistical analysis in road transport
- evaluation of past research.