Evaluation of cycle lanes in Oslo

Evaluering av sykkelfelt i Oslo

Cycle lanes are implemented in attempts to improve the traffic flow, safety and security of cyclists. In this project, cycle lanes on the following busy streets of Oslo are examined in terms of behaviors and perceptions among cyclists: Maridalsveien, Kierschows gate, Sognsveien and Østensjøveien. Video records show that the cycle lanes are used mostly as intended. At least eight out of ten cyclists using the study streets make use of the cycle lanes, and cycle in the intended direction. Almost all cyclists cycling against the flow of traffic cycle on the sidewalks. Across the four streets examined, between 5 and 15% of cyclists cycle on the sidewalk. Cycling speed is found to vary between streets. It is highest in Østensjøveien, which has a highest percentage of “transport cyclists”. Overtaking maneuvers between cyclists occur within the cycle lane to a greater extent in Maridalsveien, which has an extra-wide cycle lane. Few near-misses or other incidents happen, but those that do occur are most often caused by blockages in the cycle lane (e.g. cars conducting parking maneuvers) that force the cyclists out in the driving lane. A field survey suggests that cyclists using the study streets are most satisfied with the cycle lane in Maridalsveien, which is at least two meters wide with red asphalt. Multivariate analyses reveal that heavy traffic contribute to cyclists’ perception of insufficient cycle lane width. Both width and red asphalt make a statistically significant contribution to cyclists’ feeling of safety.


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  • Accession Number: 01633249
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9788248017448
  • Contract Numbers: 4357
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 28 2017 10:42AM