How do users perceive cycle streets?


In order to make cycling safer and more attractive, cycle streets have been established in many cities around the world, where cyclists have priority over motorized traffic. So far, however, there are no generally applicable guidelines for the design of cycle streets. And little is known about how different road designs are perceived individually. Yet positive assessments of safety and attractiveness are central to a pleasant “experience” of public space.

Hannah Müggenburg, Andreas Blitz and Martin Lanzendorf from the Mobility Research Group at Goethe University Frankfurt have investigated this individual perception as part of the research network “Infrastructure – Design – Society” using three designs for cycle streets: “conventional”, “flow” and “shared space”. Visualizations of these designs developed by designers from the HfG Offenbach University of Art and Design were included in the questionnaire of an extensive household survey in Offenbach. Participants were asked to rate the different designs in terms of safety, clarity, attractiveness and driving pleasure.

The results have just been published in the journal “Case Studies on Transport Policy”. With this new study, the working group led by Prof. Dr. Martin Lanzendorf is continuing a series of studies on cycling based on the household survey in Offenbach.


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