Design Person for Bicycle Facilities

Design loads, design volumes, and design vehicles provide engineers guidance on the design of infrastructure and a basis for understanding what the infrastructure is supposed to achieve or accommodate. But, when we consider the design of the bicycle system, we have to think differently and not focus on the vehicle, in this case the bicycle, but more on people's feelings toward cycling. In many cases, it is unclear what the future user demands of a bicycle facility will be. Literature and Edmonton's preliminary experience suggests "if you build it, they will come," but who are they and are we missing out on capturing even more users. Enter the "Design Person." The City of Edmonton is working to define this concept for our residents, elected officials, and colleagues within administration. This paper outlines how the City of Edmonton has started the implementation of the Bicycle Transportation Plan, who the system is being designed for, and why we have chosen to design the bicycle system for families as our "Design Person." The paper outlines the strategies we are taking to design infrastructure, target marketing, and provide education towards getting more families cycling and cycling more often by focusing on the characteristics of families as they relate to demographics and their comfort and interest in cycling. The success of Edmonton's bicycle system will be determined by our ability to provide facilities that families feel safe and comfortable using to link them to the places they want to go. For the covering abstract of this conference see ITRD record number 201309RT334E.

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  • Authors:
    • Golly, T
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  • Publication Date: 2013


  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: 20 p.
  • Monograph Title: Calgary 2013 - The Many Faces of Transportation - Technical Compendium

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01494301
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transportation Association of Canada (TAC)
  • Files: ITRD, TAC
  • Created Date: Sep 24 2013 1:00PM