Safety on the roads
1. How safe are the roads in Finland?
Do you know any figures for the annual numbers of road accidents / fatal road accidents / serious injuries?
Do you know any figures for the different types of road user e.g. motorists, pedestrians, motorcyclists, pedal cyclists?
Try to find the latest figures and also figures for earlier years. Compare the accident rates for recent and earlier years.
What is the trend for different types of road user?
Is there anything surprising or unexpected in the statistics?
How can you explain any apparent anomalies?
How do Finland’s road accident statistics compare with the UK?
UK Short report: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/648082/rrcgb2016-02.pdf
UK Long report: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/648081/rrcgb2016-01.pdf
2. What do you think is the safest form of transport, and which the least safe?
Do you avoid any form of transport because of safety concerns?
Is road maintenance (road surface and snow clearing) a factor in traffic accidents in Finland?
3. What is your opinion about the safety of riding a push bike?
a. in the towns
b. in the countryside
c. on main roads between towns
Is it common for schoolchildren to cycle to school?
4. Where should cyclists cycle in the town?
Where do they usually cycle in practice?
Are there enough cycle paths in Tampere?
Can you suggest routes where there is not currently a cycle path but where there should be one?
Is it allowed to cycle on the pavement?
What are the arguments for and against cycling on pavements?
What is your opinion of push bikes on the pavement?
Is Tampere a cyclist-friendly city?
5. How will the opening of the tramline in Tampere affect road safety?
Will the tramline make it more difficult to drive into the city centre?
Will cyclists be exposed to greater dangers by the presence of trams?
6. Here are some statistics from Britain. Can you explain these figures?
1. In 1934 1,536 cyclists died on the roads. In 2016 the figure was 102.
2. A cyclist travelling one mile is 20 times more likely to be injured in an accident than a motorist travelling the same distance.
3. The number of pedal cyclists has increased by approximately 15% between 2010 and 2016 while cyclist fatalities have dropped by about 16% in the same period.
4. During the same period as item 3 above, there has been an 11% rise in the number of serious injuries sustained by cyclists.
5. HGVs (heavy goods vehicles = lorries) account for 5% of road traffic in Britain but 25% of cyclist fatalities involve an HGV.