University of Westminster Transport Lecturer, Dr Rachel Aldred, will be launching a new project titled the ‘Near Miss Project’. The aim of the study will be to look at cycling incidents which do not result in injuries, but which may profoundly influence the behaviour and experience of individuals. Dr Aldred’s research is supported by Creative Exchange and Blaze.

The project will ask cyclists to participate in a One Day Diary to record any near misses and related incidents on a nominated day between 20 October and 2 November. The purpose of the study will be to understand how to prevent such incidents, as well as look at how they happen. The media launch of the project took place at the University of Westminster, and the project has also received recognition from BBC news.

“Near misses are important, both as an early warning signal to help prevent more serious incidents, and in themselves, because of the impact they have on the cycling experience. This is the first UK-wide study to look at how frequently near misses happen, their effects, and what could be done to reduce them,” says Dr Aldred.

Those interested in getting involved can do so via the Near Miss Project website.

Dr Aldred’s previous research includes the Cycling Cultures project, the Modelling on the Move Project, as well as her most recent project on adults’ views on cycling with or by children. She has also been invited to speak to the Greater London Assembly and to the Scottish Government based on her research. She is Course Leader on Westminster’s Transport Planning and Management MSc.

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