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Traffic Inj Prev. 2015;16:283-8. doi: 10.1080/15389588.2014.936010. Epub 2014 Nov 17.

A bicycle safety index for evaluating urban street facilities.

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a Centre for Innovative Planning and Development (CiPD), Faculty of Built Environment , Universiti Teknologi Malaysia , Skudai , Johor , Malaysia.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

The objectives of this research are to conceptualize the Bicycle Safety Index (BSI) that considers all parts of the street and to propose a universal guideline with microscale details.

METHOD:

A point system method comparing existing safety facilities to a defined standard is proposed to estimate the BSI. Two streets in Singapore and Malaysia are chosen to examine this model.

RESULTS:

The majority of previous measurements to evaluate street conditions for cyclists usually cannot cover all parts of streets, including segments and intersections. Previous models also did not consider all safety indicators and cycling facilities at a microlevel in particular. This study introduces a new concept of a practical BSI to complete previous studies using its practical, easy-to-follow, point system-based outputs.

CONCLUSIONS:

This practical model can be used in different urban settings to estimate the level of safety for cycling and suggest some improvements based on the standards.

KEYWORDS:

cycling facilities; point system; safe cycling; street evaluation; urban streets

PMID:
24983474
DOI:
10.1080/15389588.2014.936010
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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