Novel methods for the planning and design of greenways for cycling

Greenways, as routes for non-motorised travel, offer extensive benefits for the environment, quality of life, tourism and transport; yet their planning and design for cycling has not been thoroughly researched. This thesis comprises four empirical elements, which are subsequently distilled into a framework for the planning and design of greenways. Firstly, a mental mapping and modelling approach was developed to identify the determinants of perceived cycling risk, considering both infrastructural and individual effects. Secondly, an international greenway survey was piloted and deployed online to determine end-user design preferences, receiving 1,002 responses from over 20 countries. Thirdly, life cycle assessment was used to measure greenway embodied carbon and to develop a balance sheet for the environmental impact of greenways. Fourthly, greenway spending data was derived from the international greenway survey and was used to develop some indicators for the economic impact of these routes. Finally, the four empirical elements were combined as part of a framework for the planning and design of greenways and this framework was used to analyse the development of the burgeoning 2,000 km Irish National Cycle Network (NCN). The framework was tested against a case study of the Oranmore to Mullingar section of the Galway to Dublin Greenway, which has recently completed the route selection process, yet faces many engineering, economic and land acquisition challenges. Dividing the study area into three sections, route constraints/opportunities, route options and a preferred route were successfully identified and the result is compared with the output from engineering consultants. Overall, the guidance developed in this thesis will be a major asset to local authorities, engineering consultancies and community groups, enabling the design of safe, environmentally-friendly, cost-efficient and well-used greenways.


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  • Accession Number: 01628990
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
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  • Created Date: Mar 16 2017 11:39AM