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Gordon Lovegrove   Dr.  Senior Scientist or Principal Investigator 
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Gordon Lovegrove published an article in October 2018.
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Tarek Sayed

202 shared publications

Department of Civil Engineering, University of British Columbia, 6250 Applied Science Lane, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4, Canada

Jeff Brubacher

31 shared publications

The University of British Columbia, Department of Emergency Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1Z4, Canada

Herbert Chan

27 shared publications

The University of British Columbia, Department of Emergency Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1Z4, Canada

Shannon Erdelyi

23 shared publications

The University of British Columbia, Department of Emergency Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1Z4, Canada

Divera A.M. Twisk

10 shared publications

SWOV Institute for Road Safety Research, PO Box 1090, Leidschendam, 2260 BB, The Netherlands

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Article 0 Reads 0 Citations Road Safety Impact of Increased Rural Highway Speed Limits in British Columbia, Canada Jeffrey R Brubacher, Herbert Chan, Shannon Erdelyi, Gordon L... Published: 04 October 2018
Sustainability, doi: 10.3390/su10103555
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Control of vehicle speed is a central tenet of the safe systems approach to road safety. Most research shows that raising speed limits results in more injuries. Advocates of higher speed limits argue that this conclusion is based on older research, that traffic fatalities are decreasing despite higher speed limits, and that modern vehicles are able to safely travel at higher speeds. These arguments were used to justify raising speed limits on rural highways in British Columbia, Canada (July 2014). We used an interrupted time series approach to evaluate the impact of these speed limit increases on fatal crashes, auto-insurance claims, and ambulance dispatches for road trauma. Events were mapped to affected road segments (with increased speed limits) and to nearby road segments (within 5 km of an affected segment). Separate linear regression models were fitted for each outcome and road segment group. Models included gasoline sales to account for changes in vehicle travel. Our main findings were significant increases in (i) total insurance claims (43.0%; 95% Confidence Interval [CI] = 16.0–76.4%), (ii) injury claims (30.0%; 95% CI = 9.5–54.2%), and (iii) fatal crashes (118.0; 95% CI = 10.9–225.1%) on affected road segments. Nearby segments had a 25.7% increase in insurance claims (95% CI = 16.1–36.1%).
Article 1 Read 3 Citations An experiment on rider stability while mounting: Comparing middle-aged and elderly cyclists on pedelecs and conventional... D.A.M. Twisk, S. Platteel, G.R. Lovegrove Published: 01 August 2017
Accident Analysis & Prevention, doi: 10.1016/j.aap.2017.01.004
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Article 0 Reads 1 Citation Building sustainably safe and healthy communities with the Fused Grid development layout Abdul Rahman Masoud, Farhad Faghihi, Adam Lee, Gordon Lovegr... Published: 01 December 2015
Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering, doi: 10.1139/cjce-2015-0086
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Article 4 Reads 9 Citations An empirical tool to evaluate the safety of cyclists: Community based, macro-level collision prediction models using neg... Feng Wei, Gordon Lovegrove Published: 01 December 2013
Accident Analysis & Prevention, doi: 10.1016/j.aap.2012.05.018
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Article 0 Reads 3 Citations Comparing the road safety of neighbourhood development patterns: traditional versus sustainable communities James Sun, Gord Lovegrove Published: 01 January 2013
Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering, doi: 10.1139/cjce-2012-0002
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PROCEEDINGS-ARTICLE 0 Reads 0 Citations Macro-Level Collision Prediction Models Related to Bicycle Use Feng Wei, Ahsan Alam, Gordon Lovegrove Published: 16 June 2011
ICTIS 2011, doi: 10.1061/41177(415)168
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Conference papers
CONFERENCE-ARTICLE 14 Reads 0 Citations The Economics of Electrifying North American Railways Gordon Lovegrove, Ellen Morrison Published: 30 October 2012
doi: 10.3390/wsf2-00855
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As fuel costs increase, transportation modes are looking to railways as a cheaper, more efficient and environmentally friendly alternative. Because of railway transportation's immense advantages over road and air transportation, its use is expected to increase two-fold or more over the next 10 years in the US and Canada, and likely all of North America (NA). However, NA railways are still dependent on diesel-electric locomotives, while other countries in Europe and Asia have long ago switched to more efficient electric locomotive technology. Electric locomotives have significant benefits over diesel-electrics, such as increased efficiency and traction, a lower probability of failure, reduced noise and vibrations, potential for brake regeneration, and an overall reduced carbon footprint. Despite these advantages, electric locomotives can cost significantly more than diesel-electrics and require expensive infrastructure, such as catenary lines and electric substations. In 2008, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency implemented new regulations on diesel-electric locomotives to reduce emission toxins such as particulate matter and NOX. These new regulations create immense health benefits, but come at a cost to railway organizations for more stringent manufacturing and remanufacturing requirements. This paper explored the potential costs associated with electrifying the railway network in NA rather than focusing on improving diesel-electrics. A Monte Carlo Simulation was conducted to compare these costs with converting current railway lines to catenary, or partial catenary with on-board storage systems. Factors such as research costs, noise reduction benefits, health benefits, fuel usage, and productivity were taken into consideration to determine the most suitable alternative for the future of NA's railway organizations, environment, and society. Results suggest that implementing ultracapacitor or battery hybrid locomotive technology would create significant positive net present worth between 2012 and 2040, estimated at $411 Billion for passenger rail and $15.7 Trillion for freight rail, due mainly to less overhead catenary infrastructure and energy costs required, while still gaining the social benefits of reduced noise and improved health. They would also be the quickest electrification technology options to implement in terms of manageable construction and business disruption logistics, which were not considered in this analysis and should be research if and when business case development occurs in pursuit of electrifying railways. Moreover, over 80% of this significant NPW would accrue to railway organizations, suggesting that business case development and investment planning should proceed post haste to electrify, and to phase out diesel electric locomotives at the end of their economic life. Regardless of which route is taken, electrification would have immense benefits to both railway organizations and society. Increased productivity, reduced energy requirements, decreased noise and improved health would all significantly contribute to cost savings and an improved quality of life for residents of North America. As such, there appears to be a strong business case for research into development of hybrid electric locomotives that can operate on- and off-grid.