Mobility versus safety: the issues related to traditional road design/trafficanalysis approach illustrated in two Abu-Dhabi-based case studies
Keywords: Intersections and Roundabouts, Road Furniture (Poles, Signs, Etc), Safer Mobility, Safer Transport & Mobility
Submission Date: 2019
Car transportation is highly inefficient and strikingly unsafe. Hence, policy and design priorities should focus on other, more sustainable transport alternatives. This paper explains how standard road design guidelines may lead to evermore-inefficient road transport. Secondly, the paper shares two recent, road-transport-impacting decisions made in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. Based on on-going roadside and intersection safety studies, it is concluded that these recent decisions may be negatively affecting road safety. Finally, the paper discusses why such decisions may be classic examples of how mobility improvement may come at the expense of road safety deterioration.