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Rail Level Crossing Rural Motorbike Rider Survey

27 Oct , 2016,
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We have designed several innovative models for both metropolitan and rural rail level crossings. We’d like to find out which of the new safety features we’ve come up with are likely to lead to the best safety outcomes. This survey asks you to view some short animated simulations of a road user approaching a rail level crossing. After each animation, you’ll be asked a few questions about that model. At the end of all of the animations, you’ll be asked to answer a few questions comparing the different models.


Tony Carden (Chief Investigator, Centre for Human Factors and Sociotechnical Systems, University of the Sunshine Coast)
Dr Gemma Read (Research Fellow, Centre for Human Factors and Sociotechnical Systems, University of the Sunshine Coast)
Eryn Grant (Research Fellow, Centre for Human Factors and Sociotechnical Systems, University of the Sunshine Coast)
Professor Paul Salmon (Director of the Centre for Human Factors and Sociotechnical Systems, University of the Sunshine Coast)

Crashes at railway level crossings continue to cause significant trauma across Australia. This research will evaluate new design concepts for rail level crossings which aim to improve safety.

Research purpose
To gather the perceptions of all types of road users on several metropolitan and rural rail level crossing design concepts to contribute to the evaluation of the designs and to determine appropriate refinements to improve the concepts.

Participant experience
The study involves completing an online questionnaire which is expected to take about 20 minutes. You will be asked to view video animations and still images of rail level crossings from the perspective of a road user. You will be asked questions about your preferences for various safety features of each rail level crossing design option. You will also be asked some information about your main mode of road use. If you think you may experience any distress by thinking about the road safety issues covered in the survey please consider declining to participate in this study. Your participation is voluntary and you may withdraw from the study at any stage by closing the survey window.

Risks & benefits
There are no specific risks involved in your participation in this research. The information you provide will assist efforts to reduce the incidence of traumatic injuries and fatalities at rail level crossings. On completion of the survey you will have the opportunity to enter a prize draw to win an iPad.

Confidentiality & results
Your responses to this survey will be anonymous and no member of the research team will know who has participated. The results of this research may be published in academic journals and presented at conferences. Your consent to participate in this research is implied by completion of the survey. The data may also be used in future associated research projects. No results that could potentially identify an individual participant will be published. If you would like to receive a summary of the results please contact Tony Carden (

Complaints / concerns
If you have any questions or complaints about the way this research project is being conducted you can raise them with Tony Carden email:, telephone 0427 533 187. If you prefer an independent person, contact the Chairperson of the Human Research Ethics Committee at the University: (c/- the Research Ethics Officer, Office of Research, University of the Sunshine Coast, Maroochydore DC 4558; telephone (07) 5459 4574; email
Both the research team and the University of the Sunshine Coast sincerely thank you for your assistance in investigating this important area.

Click on link to fill out survey