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Cyclist efficiency and its dependence on infrastructure and usual speed
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Psychology. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Swedish Natl Rd and Transport Res Inst VTI, S-58195 Linkoping, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1849-9722
Swedish Natl Rd and Transport Res Inst VTI, S-58195 Linkoping, Sweden.
Linköping University, Department of Computer and Information Science, Human-Centered systems. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Swedish Natl Rd and Transport Res Inst VTI, S-58195 Linkoping, Sweden.
Swedish Natl Rd and Transport Res Inst VTI, S-58195 Linkoping, Sweden.
2018 (English)In: Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour, ISSN 1369-8478, E-ISSN 1873-5517, Vol. 54, p. 148-158Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Bicyclists are a heterogeneous group, with varying abilities, traffic education and experience. While efficiency was identified as an important factor on utility bicycle trips, it might be traded for experienced safety, for example by choosing different pathways in a given situation, or by relinquishing ones right of way. In a semi-controlled study with 41 participants, a grouping was made according to self-reported riding speed in relation to other cyclists. The participants cycled twice along a 3 km inner-city route, passing four intersections with different priority rules. The cyclists were free to choose how to negotiate the intersections. Speed and the traffic surroundings were recorded via gps and cameras on the bike of the participant and of a following experimenter. For each cyclist, the base speed on undisturbed segments was determined as reference. Based on this, the efficiency in different types of intersections was computed per cyclist group. It turned out that infrastructural aspects, cyclist group and the presence and behaviour of interacting traffic influenced cyclist efficiency. Faster cyclists were delayed more when the infrastructure required a stop regardless of the traffic situation, like at a red traffic light or a stop sign. The members of the so-called comfort cyclists group were delayed the most in a roundabout with mixed traffic, where many chose to get off their bike and walk. In a society working for equality of access to the transport system, it is recommended to develop solutions that consider and accommodate the behaviours of different cyclist groups when planning bicycling infrastructure. (C) 2018 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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ELSEVIER SCI LTD , 2018. Vol. 54, p. 148-158
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Bicycle; Traffic efficiency; Infrastructure; Traffic safety; Cyclist type
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Infrastructure Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-147573DOI: 10.1016/j.trf.2018.02.002ISI: 000429890400012OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-147573DiVA, id: diva2:1201954
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Funding Agencies|Stiftelsen Lansforsakringsbolagens Forskningsfond

Available from: 2018-04-27 Created: 2018-04-27 Last updated: 2018-04-27

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