The effect of cycle lanes on the proximity between motor traffic and cycle traffic

Parkin, John and Meyers, Ciaran (2009) The effect of cycle lanes on the proximity between motor traffic and cycle traffic. Accident analysis and prevention, 42 (1). p. 159. ISSN ISSN: 0001-4575

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An experiment collected proximity data of motor traffic overtaking cycle traffic on roads with and without cycle lanes using an instrumented bicycle. The work enhances previous research which has considered the riding position of the cyclist and whether or not the cyclist was helmeted, while controlling for vehicle type. The analysis shows that significantly wider passing distances are adopted by motorists in the condition without a 1.45 metre cycle lane, with posted speed limits of 40mph and 50mph with a 9.5 metre wide carriageway. These findings were not replicated for a similar width road with a posted speed limit of 30mph and a 1.3 metre cycle lane. The results suggest that in the presence of a cycle lane, drivers may be driving within the confines of their own marked lane with less recognition being given to the need to provide a comfortable passing distance to cycle traffic in the adjacent cycle lane.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the author version of an article published online in Accident Analysis and Prevention, � Elsevier B.V. Accident Analysis and Prevention is available online at
Uncontrolled Keywords: Risk,bicycle,bicycle facility.
Divisions: School of Engineering > Civil Engineering
Depositing User: Scott Wilson
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2013 12:52
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2016 15:33
Identification Number: 10.1016/j.aap.2009.07.018

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