1.3 Conflict and Risks

Conflicts will arise where different modes of transport share the same space. Junctions by their nature are particularly susceptible to conflict.

The relative speed, direction and mass of cyclists, pedestrians or vehicles will determine the severity of the outcome of an actual conflict.

Awareness of potential conflict and addressing it through a legible design is fundamental in providing cycling facilities. Through legible design, all conflicts will then be obvious to all road users in advance, and the resolution of each conflict will be mutually understood by all road users.

Conflict Management is a form of Risk Management.

The four steps below are adapted from the standard approach to Risk Management. Some or all of these steps will also form part of the Road Safety Audit process.