In the non-occupational sector the bfu aims at reducing the accident risks through research, target-oriented measures and to mitigate the consequences of accidents, thus contributing to a better quality of life. The legal form of bfu is the one of a non-governmental, private foundation.

The bfu strives for interdisciplinary preventive measures, combining and integrating the areas of technology, psychology, education, law, medicine, social aspects and the media.

The bfu wants to achieve safe behaviour as well as a error-forgiving environment through education, training, information, campaigns, leg​islation and techni­cal measures.

The bfu employs a staff of more than 100, 12 of them in the research department.

The Research department covers the following activities in the working areas Road traffic, Sports and Home and Leisure:

  • Epidemiology: descriptive and partly analytical
  • Development of Interventions: Field tests, Surveys
  • Evaluation: Process-, Impact- and Outcome –Evaluation of safety measures
  • Cost-Benefit-Analysis


Research results

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Road safety strategy – Basics Via sicura

bfu-knowledge base, Auswirkungen der Via sicura-Massnahmen, final report, bfu, 2010 – only available in german
bfu-knowledge base, Auswirkungen der Via sicura-Massnahmen, final report, bfu, 2010 (measures) – only available in german
Federal Action Programme for Greather Road Safety, Federal Roads Authority FEDRO, 2005


Articles and publications

Catalogue of bfu-publications



2015, 17th bfu-Forum on Planning Safe Cities and Towns across Europe


ETSC – European Transport Safety Council

For the first time since 2001, the number of fatalities on Europe's roads has increased in 2015 compared to the previous year.

26,300 people were killed on European roads in 2015, i.e. 1% more than in 2014. This finding was published in June in a report by the European Transport Safety Council ETSC, collating data supplied by 28 EU member states, Switzerland, Norway, the Republic of Serbia and Israel.

Download report here​

Further reports and publications