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Exploring Determinants of Urban Motorcycle Accident Severity: The Case of Barcelona

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  • Daniel Albalate

    () (PPRE-IREA, Universitat de Barcelona)

  • Laura Fernández-Villadangos

    () (PPRE-IREA, Universitat de Barcelona)

Abstract

Public authorities and road users alike are increasingly concerned by recent trends in road safety outcomes in Barcelona, which is the European city with the highest number of registered Powered Two-Wheel (PTW) vehicles per inhabitant,. In this study we explore the determinants of motorcycle and moped accident severity in a large urban area, drawing on Barcelona’s local police database (2002-2008). We apply non-parametric regression techniques to characterize PTW accidents and parametric methods to investigate the factors influencing their severity. Our results show that PTW accident victims are more vulnerable, showing greater degrees of accident severity, than other traffic victims. Speed violations and alcohol consumption provide the worst health outcomes. Demographic and environment-related risk factors, in addition to helmet use, play an important role in determining accident severity. Thus, this study furthers our understanding of the most vulnerable vehicle types, while our results have direct implications for local policy makers in their fight to reduce the severity of PTW accidents in large urban areas.

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  • Daniel Albalate & Laura Fernández-Villadangos, 2009. "Exploring Determinants of Urban Motorcycle Accident Severity: The Case of Barcelona," Working Papers XREAP2009-02, Xarxa de Referència en Economia Aplicada (XREAP), revised Mar 2009.
  • Handle: RePEc:xrp:wpaper:xreap2009-02
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    1. Marquet, Oriol & Miralles-Guasch, Carme, 2016. "City of Motorcycles. On how objective and subjective factors are behind the rise of two-wheeled mobility in Barcelona," Transport Policy, Elsevier, vol. 52(C), pages 37-45.

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    Keywords

    Road Safety; Motorcycles; Mopeds; Accidents; Severity; Transportation;

    JEL classification:

    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
    • K42 - Law and Economics - - Legal Procedure, the Legal System, and Illegal Behavior - - - Illegal Behavior and the Enforcement of Law
    • R41 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Transportation Economics - - - Transportation: Demand, Supply, and Congestion; Travel Time; Safety and Accidents; Transportation Noise

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