Comfort level of cyclists at intersections

Wadhwa, Lal C. (2003) Comfort level of cyclists at intersections. In: Proceedings of the 26th Australasian Transport Research Forum 2003. From: 26th Australasian Transport Research Forum 2003, 1-3 October 2003, Wellington, New Zealand.

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Patronage of the cycling mode is enhanced if cyclist felt comfortable and safe when sharing road infrastructure with motorists. The perception of riding comfort can influence the decision to cycle or not. Cyclists are vulnerable road users and don’t feel secure in the company of faster motorised modes, especially when they have to manoeuvre an intersection. Fundamental research is required to establish key factors that influence the cyclists’ perception of comfort at intersections. These factors may include geometric, operational and environmental conditions. The relative significance of these factors is modelled quantitatively in the form of a Comfort Index and is analogous to the concept of Bicycle Compatibility Index developed by the U.S. Federal Highway Administration for mid-block road segments. This paper describes a research project in North Queensland, Australia to model the comfort level of cyclists at several intersections in Cairns and Townsville. Some preliminary results of an extensive survey conducted for this study are presented.

Item ID: 7583
Item Type: Conference Item (Research - E1)
Keywords: Compatibility Index; cycling; cyclists comfort; level of service; road safety; video survey
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Date Deposited: 08 Apr 2010 23:25
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