Do on carriageway cycle lanes provide safer manoeuvring space for cycle traffic?

This paper presents the results of an experiment that collected proximity data of motor traffic overtaking cycle traffic with and without cycle lanes using an instrumented bicycle and controlling for confounders including horizontal and vertical geometry and volume and speed of traffic, and this presents an enhancement on previous research and evidence from campaign groups. A comparison between the overtaking proximity of motor traffic to the bicycle, on roads both with and without cycle lanes, is made to establish whether any significant differences exist. The data collected also allow the characteristics of the overtaking vehicles to be examined, to ascertain whether the proximity of overtaking vehicles differs for drivers of different vehicles. The results help to determine whether the installation of cycle lanes is an appropriate way to increase the separation between cycle traffic and motor traffic, with a greater separation likely to reduce the risk of accidents. Recommendations are drawn on circumstances where cycle lanes may be inappropriate and whether drivers of particular vehicle types should be targeted for driver safety campaigns.


  • English

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  • Pagination: 7p
  • Monograph Title: 5th Cycling and Society Symposium 8th and 9th September 2008, University of the West of England, Bristol

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  • Accession Number: 01386059
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 22 2012 7:31PM