Evaluating bicyclists comfort and safety perception

Himani Jain, Geetam Tiwari, M.H.P. Zuidgeest

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Abstract

Perception of safety and comfort of bicycle infrastructure is an important factor influencing the use of bicycles. Cyclists can be found all over India. In urban areas presently, mostly captive riders choose to bicycle as no other viable options of travel are available to them. This study discusses perceptions of these captive riders as compared to a group of not yet riding (potential) cyclists. A stated preference survey to estimate the perception of captive users and potential users on cycling was conducted. The perception of risk among captive riders and potential riders does not show much difference as against popular beliefs. Both the captive users as well as the potential users focus on physical safety and the difficulties in crossing the intersections. Differences arise in perception of comfort / attractiveness and barriers. Pedestrians / bus commuters waiting at the curb side lane are considered as predominant barriers (about 28%) by potential users while captive riders are more tolerant to them. Results indicate that perception of safety and comfort are not related to age, gender, type of zone and distance travelled. However, the presence of informal sector on the street side is social security element and attractive for providing services for captive cyclists. The potential users consider informal sector as a barrier, although, lighting seems to be important to them. Results of SP experiment shows potential users perceive slope as bigger threat to bicycle compatibility as compared to captive riders. Captive riders prefer wider roads against the narrow roads preferred by potential cyclists. Land use mix seems to be not a major concern, while low density areas are preferred. The results can be used for evaluating area bicycle compatibility both for captive and potential users.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication12th WCTR : World Conference on Transport Research, 11-15 July 2010, Lisbon, Portugal : general proceedings
EditorsJ.M. Viegas, R. Macario
Place of PublicationLisbon
PublisherWCTR Society
Pages1-19
Number of pages19
ISBN (Print)978-989-96986-0-4
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jul 2010
Event12th World Conference on Transport Research, WCTR 2010 - Instituto Superior Tecnico, Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 11 Jul 201015 Jul 2010
Conference number: 12

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CountryPortugal
CityLisbon
Period11/07/1015/07/10

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Jain, H., Tiwari, G., & Zuidgeest, M. H. P. (2010). Evaluating bicyclists comfort and safety perception. In J. M. Viegas, & R. Macario (Eds.), 12th WCTR : World Conference on Transport Research, 11-15 July 2010, Lisbon, Portugal : general proceedings (pp. 1-19). Lisbon: WCTR Society.
Jain, Himani ; Tiwari, Geetam ; Zuidgeest, M.H.P. / Evaluating bicyclists comfort and safety perception. 12th WCTR : World Conference on Transport Research, 11-15 July 2010, Lisbon, Portugal : general proceedings. editor / J.M. Viegas ; R. Macario. Lisbon : WCTR Society, 2010. pp. 1-19
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Jain, H, Tiwari, G & Zuidgeest, MHP 2010, Evaluating bicyclists comfort and safety perception. in JM Viegas & R Macario (eds), 12th WCTR : World Conference on Transport Research, 11-15 July 2010, Lisbon, Portugal : general proceedings. WCTR Society, Lisbon, pp. 1-19, 12th World Conference on Transport Research, WCTR 2010, Lisbon, Portugal, 11/07/10.

Evaluating bicyclists comfort and safety perception. / Jain, Himani; Tiwari, Geetam; Zuidgeest, M.H.P.

12th WCTR : World Conference on Transport Research, 11-15 July 2010, Lisbon, Portugal : general proceedings. ed. / J.M. Viegas; R. Macario. Lisbon : WCTR Society, 2010. p. 1-19.

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Jain H, Tiwari G, Zuidgeest MHP. Evaluating bicyclists comfort and safety perception. In Viegas JM, Macario R, editors, 12th WCTR : World Conference on Transport Research, 11-15 July 2010, Lisbon, Portugal : general proceedings. Lisbon: WCTR Society. 2010. p. 1-19