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There are six partners from five countries. Four are local authorities with responsibilities for highways and transportation and two are research institutions with experience in the assessment of medical, psychological and sociological factors and their impact on risk to elderly road users.

The UK, Spanish and Italian partners are using their wide experience as local authorities with highway responsibilities to contribute practical solutions to the issues facing elderly road users. A selection of areas under investigation includes; public space ergonomics, traffic offences committed by elderly road users, risk factors in the use of public transport and accident investigation.

The French and German partners are investigating research carried out in Europe and elsewhere. For example, medical, psychological and sociological research review will examine the balance between experience and losses in sensory, motor and cognitive function due to a reduction of abilities. A review of relevant published information will be carried out and made available.

The European nature of the project adds an important dimension because it provides an opportunity to study best practice in other countries, share ideas and develop solutions that will provide significant long-term benefits for elderly road users.

This balance of expertise will enable SaMERU to prioritise actions across the full range of factors that influence risk to elderly road users. This holistic approach will reduce casualties and provide improved value for money.

The partners are:

Local Authorities

  • Southend-on-Sea Borough Council (UK)
  • Ciudad de Burgos (Spain)
  • Comune di Modena (Italy)
  • Lancashire County Council (UK)

Research Institutions

  • Institut français des sciences et technologies des transports de l'aménagement et des réseaux (France)
  • Technische Universität Dresden (Germany)

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