Contributions of TrafficQuest
Colloquium Transport Planning Research 2013
Every year, in week 47, the Colloquium Transport Planning Research (in Dutch: Colloquium Vervoersplanologisch Speurwerk) takes place. It is a meeting place for researchers, policy makers and other professionals interested in research topics related to the interfaces between traffic, transport and spatial planning. Ben Immers, who has been present at the colloquium many times, represented TrafficQuest this year. He presented two papers: one about the results of the workshop on analogies for traffic management and one on the effects of “silver (haired) drivers” on traffic efficiency and safety. That paper was the result of a project in which TrafficQuest participated.
National Traffic Congress 2013
TrafficQuest participated in the National Traffic Engineering and Planning Congress 2013. Just like last year it was held in the Brabanthallen in 's-Hertogenbosch. During the plenary session, the Beter Benutten Programme (the action plan for optimal use of infrastructure) was presented, as well as the booklet “Verandering in reisgedrag” (“Changes in travel behavior”). Subsequently, parallel sessions treated various subjects. Special attention was paid to data and pedestrians this year. TrafficQuest attended the conference and, like last year, presented to papers. The first paper dealt with analogies for traffic management and the second paper discussed traffic predictions using models. It was, again, an interesting congress.
Time and space for the 'silver driver'
In 2040, 40% of the Dutch population will be 65 years and above. In the Netherlands, this change in demography is often referred to as “the silver society”. Many of these older citizens will be active for longer than before, and this includes participation in the traffic system, hence the term “silver driver”. A silver driver has different needs that the average driver, in terms of road and traffic management facilities. For this reason, Rijkswaterstaat, the Dutch National Road Authority, has set up an innovation programme to make it easier for silver drivers to keep driving safely and efficiently.