Planning for safer road facilities for bicycle users at junctions

Li Meng, Li Luo, Yanchi Chen, Branko Stazic

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Abstract

Promoting bicycle travel in a city where people are used to driving private cars is a difficult task. Safety is a major factor discouraging people from cycling and it needs to be addressed in order to achieve any significant mode shifts away from private cars. One suggestion that has been put forward to improve the safety of cyclists is to provide a separate area for bikes at junctions. This study reviewed junction design and traffic flow conditions at an upgraded junction in Adelaide, Australia that contained bicycle signals and a storage zone. It was found that the bicycle lane could be designed in such way that would separate left and right turning bikes into two sections. Also, the provision of blue bicycle crossing lanes has a potential to improve cyclist safety by warning pedestrians and motorists of possible cyclist presence. The study also recommends smarter data collection and better traffic modelling to help test improved infrastructure and enable the development of better policies regarding the safety of cyclists.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComputational Urban Planning and Management for Smart Cities
EditorsStan Geertman, Qingming Zhan, Andrew Allan, Christopher Pettit
Place of PublicationSwitzerland
PublisherSpringer Berlin Heidelberg
Chapter20
Pages373-387
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9783030194246
ISBN (Print)9783030194239
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event16th International Conference on Computers in Urban Planning and Urban Management, CUPUM 2019 - Wuhan, China
Duration: 8 Jul 201912 Jul 2019

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography
ISSN (Print)1863-2246
ISSN (Electronic)1863-2351

Conference

Conference16th International Conference on Computers in Urban Planning and Urban Management, CUPUM 2019
CountryChina
CityWuhan
Period8/07/1912/07/19

Keywords

  • Bicycle infrastructure
  • Bicycle policy
  • Bicycle ride safety
  • Intersection design

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    Meng, L., Luo, L., Chen, Y., & Stazic, B. (2019). Planning for safer road facilities for bicycle users at junctions. In S. Geertman, Q. Zhan, A. Allan, & C. Pettit (Eds.), Computational Urban Planning and Management for Smart Cities (pp. 373-387). (Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography). Springer Berlin Heidelberg. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-19424-6_20