Saturday, July 8, 2017

Exploring Drivers’ Attitudes and Behaviors toward Bicyclists: The Effect of Explicit and Implicit Attitudes on Self-Reported Safety Behaviors | Transportation Research and Education Center

Exploring Drivers’ Attitudes and Behaviors toward Bicyclists: The Effect of Explicit and Implicit Attitudes on Self-Reported Safety Behaviors | Transportation Research and Education Center



It's a complex read but basically, it suggests among other things



"Crashes between drivers and bicyclists are frequently attributed to a driver’s failure to see a bicyclist, due to inattention or "looked but failed to see (LBFTS)” (Wood et al., 2009), and there is ample evidence from psychology that “seeing” is not purely objective but is influenced by socially directed thoughts and beliefs." 



later 

"While the physical bodywork of a car essentially anonymizes drivers, bicyclists are visible in their variety of shapes, sizes, ages, gender, and “racialized bodies” (Urry, 2007, p.48). Drivers have shown bias in yielding behavior by the race, apparent disabled status, or age of a crossing pedestrian"

This pours cold water on the notion that car drivers will ever willingly 'share the road' safely with cyclists. Remember if you have 1000 good people and one bad one that's still enough danger to put enough people off cycling for good. 

While I'm still a big big big supporter of on road cycling I think it suggests that we won't get a significant shift without a big change in technology. Either from cycle monorails, ECLs  or possibly when self-driving-cars dominate the roads ( the machines can be legally enforced to drive safely near cyclists by having some test for software before release ).

 

Friday, July 7, 2017

What a driverless world could look like | Wanis Kabbaj



I like this talk because it argues for multi-dimensional cities ( such as you would get with elevated cycle lanes ).

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

China has the longest 7.6km cycle way in the world located in Xiamen!

China has the longest 7.6km cycle way in the world located in Xiamen!: China Has The Longest 7.6km Cycle Way In The World Located



The architecture firm which made this cycleway is Copenhagen based firm Dissing +Weitling. This company is known for the creation of Danish Bicycle Snake Cycle Route.



I like the idea I'm not sure it will be successful ( imagine a train or car which wiggled for no reason )

Thursday, August 11, 2016

More examples of how thin a cycle lane track could be



Visual intrusion is one of the big objections to a monorail. This shows how minimal a cycle based system could be. Again a real system would be flat have some 'pod' to improve aerodynamics & cover and pedals naturally.

Sky cycle ride



OK I'm not actually suggesting your have such a 'ride' as part of your journey to work ( but I think someone is ) . This does show




  1. The visual impact of a cycle mono-rail would be minimal ( see how far the cable goes with out towers. 
  2. The inherent cost is low ( look at the size of the twin cables - ok they are sized for one person ) 
  3. People are good with heights( if it's safe enough ) 

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Monday, May 11, 2015

If your city is up to capacity on traffic flows what can you do?


If your city street is packed with cars like image (1) you might think that the 'disused' cycle path might be a waste of space. 
But you would be wrong - As figure 2 shows the actual density of a 4 lanes of bumper to bumper traffic is quite low. Figure 3 shows what this look likes as a bus, but for this blog figure 4 looks 'quite' but infact it's the same capcacity ( number of people ) is the traffic jam in figure 1. So which would you prefer to be in ?



(Photo credit: Phil Sheffield, Tampa Tribune )