(i) Conflict between cyclists and drivers
Conflict between cyclists and drivers has been a continuing issue in most urban communities. Driver training educates motorists to willingly share roads with others. In a mounting number of authorities, materials and programs of training are indeed being upgraded to openly tackle the reality that motorists are mandated by law to equally share roads with various cyclists (Dumbaugh & Li, 2011).
Both pedestrians and motorists need to train themselves to observe cyclists prior to initiation of direction change. It is significant for every participant of traffic to know that not everybody on a bike qualifies to be a skilled cyclist. Like drivers, cyclist’s level of skill can vary considerably.
(ii) Research questions
What are the causes of conflicts between cyclists and drivers?
What traffic rules govern cyclists and motorists?
What are the psychological and sociological aspects behind driving and cycling?
Do skills in cycling prevent conflicts between drivers and cyclists?
Who is more vulnerable in the conflict between cyclists and motorists?
How can communities help to enhance safeness in cycling?
(iii) Significance of this topic as a social issue
This topic is a significant social issue.
The research will help to establish the principles of human rights with regards to traffic participation.
The research will also help to establish how multifaceted factors can contribute to social issues.
(iv) The aims of the research
To explore the potential and actual causes of conflicts between cyclists and motorists;
To determine best engineering practice;
To investigate management of traffic, urban design standards, awareness strategies and education so as to reduce conflict and to enhance safety of traffic.
Dumbaugh, E., & Li, W. 2011, 2011, Designing for the Safety of Pedestrians, Cyclists, and Motorists in Urban Environments, Journal of the American Planning Association, Vol. 77, No. 1, pp 69-88.
Complete the set questions below to work through your research design.
(i) Epistemological position
(ii) Theoretical perspective
(iv) Research design:
a. Form of the research
b. Participant selection
c. Method(s) to gather data
d. Method(s) to analysis data
This section requires you to have a clear grasp of what you want to find out, why you are doing it, where you are coming from theoretically, what you plan to do and the methods you will use to collect and analyse data.
For the research design and methods think about what form the research will take, what will the data look like, and how will the results be presented. For example are you planning an essentially quantitative analysis of the data derived from an internet survey or a self administered questionnaire to provide a picture or a snapshot of the responses in relation to the research question; or will it be an analysis of textual responses to a set of interviews; or a combination of methods providing both textual and statistical data?
Who is the target participant group and how will you select the participants?
Research Design question is: Conflict between cyclists and drivers
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