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  • Journal article: Walton, D. & Bathurst, J. (1998). An exploration of the perceptions of the average driver’s speed compared with perceived driver safety and driving skill. Accident Analysis and Prevention, 30, 821-830.
  • Book: Franklin, J. (1997). Cyclecraft: Skilled Cycling Techniques for Adults. London, UK: The Stationary Office.
  • Chapter in edited book: Walker, I. (2005). Vulnerable road user safety: Social interaction on the road? In L. Dorn (Ed.), Driver Behaviour and Training Volume II. (pp. 261-269). Aldershot, UK: Ashgate.
  • Conference presentation: Stradling, S., Meadows, M. & Beatty, S. (2000). Characteristics of speeding, violating and thrill-seeking drivers. Paper presented at the International Conference on Traffic and Transport Psychology, Bern, Switzerland, September 2000.

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