Cyclists' perception and evaluation of street characteristics

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The aim of the study reported in this paper is to find out which street characteristics cyclists observe in urban areas, and how cyclists evaluate these street characteristics. To achieve this goal, five different street characteristics have been investigated in more detail. These five characteristics are pavement, on-street parking facilities, priority signs at crossings, bicycle paths and lanes, and bus lanes. For each characteristic, several types of manifestations were defined. The data was collected using an on-street questionnaire. Cyclists were asked to point out which street characteristics they had observed during their trip. They were also asked to evaluate the observed street characteristics. In addition, respondents were invited to motivate their evaluation scores. The analysis consists of two parts. First, the cyclists’ observation of street characteristics was compared with the actual situation. It appears that cyclists best observe the pavement of roads followed by bicycle paths and lanes along roads. Cyclists are not well aware of on-street parking facilities, bus lanes, and the priority signs at crossings. Secondly, the evaluation of the characteristics was analyzed. Cyclists evaluated all investigated street characteristics mainly positive. These insights can support planners in their search for optimal improvement of bicycle infrastructure and in their search for optimal cycle routes in urban areas.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 83rd Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board
Publication statusPublished - 2004


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