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Perceived safety of cyclists: The role of road attributes
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment, Urban and Regional Studies.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Objectives

Although the lack of perceived safety is an important deterrent to cycling, available knowledge is not comprehensive enough. The aim of this research is to contribute to academic knowledge by exploring the role of road section attributes in perceived safety of cyclists and to develop a method to use the theoretical results in practice.

Methods

A stated choice survey is carried out to estimate the effects of selected infrastructure attributes on perceived safety. A multinomial logit (MNL) model is used to estimate the effects. Results are used to develop an infrastructure assessment tool by counting aggregate perceived safety utility values of road sections.

Results

Cyclists perceive the presence of dedicated cycling facilities and physical separation similarly important, while other attributes (traffic volume, speed reduction and adjacent car parking) turned out to be less important. The Subjective Safety Score can be consciously used to evaluate existing and planned road sections and compare different design alternatives.

Conclusions

The results give a strong support for using physically separated cycling facilities (cycle tracks for example) to engage people to cycling. Further research is recommended to explore the effects of intersection attributes and to include interaction effects of attributes as well.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. , p. 123
Keywords [en]
perceived safety, subjective safety, cycling, road attributes, stated choice survey
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Architectural Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-214830OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-214830DiVA, id: diva2:1143808
Subject / course
Urban and Regional Planning
Educational program
Degree of Master - Sustainable Urban Planning and Design
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2017-09-07, 4055, Drottning Kristinas Väg 30, Stockholm, 11:00 (English)
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Available from: 2017-10-12 Created: 2017-09-22 Last updated: 2017-10-12Bibliographically approved

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