Special Issue "Perspectives on the Role of Powered Two-Wheelers in Future Road Transport"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 April 2022) | Viewed by 6235
Interests: road injury prevention; PTW safety; active and passive safety; rider behavior
Powered two- (and in some cases three-) wheelers are light tilting vehicles for the transport of up to two (or more) riders and small goods. Originally gas-engine-thrusted, today, their fleet includes a growing proportion of electric vehicles.
There are an estimated number of 300 million PTWs at the global level. Their use spans a wide variety of connotations in a mix that changes from area to area, including predominantly as a means of road transport, consolidated commuting and working vehicles, unique transport vehicles enabling a low-cost reach for remote areas, as well as touring and leisure vehicles.
Linked to the different applications, the technical design of PTWs covers the entire range from basic and low-cost solutions, reaching automotive cutting-edge technologies in top-end motorcycles.
PTWs have numerous potential advantages for the single user and the broader community, which relate to their potential low consumption and emission, affordable costs, and small ground occupancy. These advantages, however, have to be weighed against the downside of the high risk for the riders and the costs for society, which are due to factors that include the challenges of the vehicle control (especially of emergency maneuvering), the underdeveloped passive protection, the lack of crash compatibility with other vehicles and road infrastructure, and the limited adoption of active safety solutions even for high-end vehicles, just to mention a few.
This Special Issue offers the opportunity to address and discuss important questions among researchers, practitioners, and policy makers, on the suitability of PTWs to be part of a safer and more sustainable future mobility in different traffic contexts. The overarching and controversial question is on whether or not PTWs should be reasonably considered as an essential means of transport—and if so, under which contexts and conditions PTWs become sustainable for the society and their use may not be merely tolerated but rather promoted, together with an appropriate range of recommendations and countermeasures to foster a well-informed and safer riding practice among the population.
Research should be related to powered two-wheelers (PTW) including motorcycles, scooters and e-bikes. Topics and research questions of the Special Issue may include the following:
- Have PTWs been forgotten in the road safety debate?
- What is the role of PTWs for the future?
- Is it possible to include PTWs in the vision of the safe systems approach?
- What is the opportunity for the use of motorcycles rather than more traditional (e.g., cars) or less traditional (e.g., electric scooters like Lime) modes of transportation?
- Are PTWs essential in certain environments, e.g., LMIC countries or in high-density cities in HIC?
- What are the barriers to widespread adoption of PTWs?
- What are the limits for safety in PTWs, both in terms of active or passive safety?
- Are there opportunities for a dramatic increase in PTW safety?
- PTW riders wear much more personal protection equipment (helmet, armor, leg protectors, etc.) than riders of bicycles or e-bikes. Can PTWs be a safer transportation option than bicycles? Is there any difference in safety between e-bikes and PTWs at urban speeds?
- How do users’ preferences, education or training and licensing affect PTW acceptance?
Methodologies may include, but are not limited to, epidemiological studies, economic studies, vehicle modeling, traffic modeling, new infrastructure assessment, safety benefit analysis, novel implementations of the safe system approach, human factors, surveys, rider behavior studies, naturalistic studies, riding/driving simulator studies, and field tests.
Dr. Giovanni Savino
Prof. Dr. H. Clay Gabler
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- Powered two wheelers (PTWs)
- Road safety
- Personal transportation
- Safe system
- Active and passive safety
- Future mobility