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Cykelvägars drift- och underhållsstandard: intervjuer med 13 cykelkommuner
Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute.
2006 (Swedish)Report (Other academic)Alternative title
Maintenance service levels of cycleways. Interviews with 13 Swedish municipalities with relatively high amount of bicycle traffic (English)
Abstract [sv]

This study gives an insight into the routines and regulations for cycleway maintenance in Sweden, based on interviews with employees in 13 municipalities with relatively high amount of bicycle traffic. The study is part of a project, "service levels of cycleways", with the purpose of improving cycleway maintenance in order to promote cycling. In general, for cycleway construction, the municipalities follow the technical description of road constructions from the Swedish Road Administration. However, for maintenance of cycleways, the municipalities have their own requirements. Budget restraints are usually determining the requirements and limited means are considered to be the major obstacle to provide a high service level. Yet, cycleways are given priority and are maintained at the highest service level in most municipalities. Thawing and freezing, resulting in slush followed by icy ruts and slipperiness, is considered to be the most difficult condition to handle in cycleway maintenance, as well as providing good quality surfaces in view of cyclists' sensitivity to even minor defects. Cycleway surface conditions are monitored through visual inspections only. The public is considered to be an important resource in detecting cycleway defects, and their remarks are systematically registered. The most common complaints regard broken glass or slipperiness.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: VTI., VTI rapport 558 , 2006. , 149 p.
VTI rapport, ISSN 0347-6030
Keyword [en]
Cycle track, Maintenance, Local authority, Level of service, Specifications, Winter maintenance, Snow clearance, Visual inspection, Evenness
Research subject
Road: Maintenance, Road: Winter maintenance; Road: Maintenance; Road: Transport, society, policy and planning, Road: Cycling, walking and moped transport
URN: urn:nbn:se:vti:diva-6418OAI: diva2:675295
Available from: 2013-12-03 Created: 2013-12-03 Last updated: 2013-12-03

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