With immense concentration on traffic safety for major motorized vehicles the road traffic fatalities including such motorized vehicles have shown declining trends in recent years. On the contrary the vulnerable road users (VRUs) such as pedestrians, bicyclists, motor cyclist, pedal rickshaws and users of various informal motorized and non-motorized modes are victims of massive injury due to heterogeneous traffic. In most of the cases, vulnerable road users are ignored from the planning of urban road network system. Nearly 45 percent of road traffic fatalities in Bangladesh are attributed to vulnerable road users (WHO,2015).The share of vulnerable road users(VRUs) deaths in urban areas, particularly in Dhaka is much more staggering nearly 90 percent. Transportation by walking is mostly seen in Bangladesh and is highly vulnerable. Cycle rickshaws too cater quite significant proportion of trips (25% to 40%) in cities.
This paper focuses to present VRUs crash characteristics and magnitude of alarming problem with risk factors in Dhaka city. The paper also highlights effective countermeasures to secure vulnerable road users (VRUs) from little to severe injuries.
Contributors: Alam R, Hoque M M, Sarkar S, Rokon A, Ahamed F.
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