Cycling, Health and Safety

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Many jurisdictions around the world are trying to retain or increase the share of cycling in urban traffic in order to benefit from the many health and transport efficiency benefits. Safety is a key concern and should be accounted for in these policies.

This report of the International Transport Forum's Cycling Safety Working Group monitors international trends in cycling, safety and policy, and explores options that may help decision makers design safe environments for cycling. Key messages relate to strategic goal-setting for cycling policy and managing crash risks while increasing health benefits. The report also discusses how to better capture crash and bicycle usage statistics. The safety impacts of a wide range of pro-cycling measures are examined in detail.


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A stated preference analysis on bicycle user's perception on cycling safety and its policy implications in Korean contexts

International Transport Forum

This paper reviews previous quantitative researches on cycling route choice and quantitatively evaluates representative policy measures effectiveness by employing stated preference methodology. The dedicated bicycle only road and bicycle lanes are estimated to enhance cyclists’ safety perception. It is also estimated that lowering vehicle travel speed is very effective in increasing cyclists’ safety perception. From the elasticity estimation it is shown that in Korean context lowering vehicle travel speed is estimated to be most effective policy measure in increasing safety perception and thus for increasing bicycle modal share. Providing dedicated infrastructures such as bicycle only roads and lanes are also estimated to be highly effective.

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