Development of a bicycle geometry database to facilitate cycle parking convenience

In many developed countries such as Australia, cycling for transport has a low mode share compared to the private car. There are a range of contributing factors to this culture of motorised trips, and this research focuses on the notion of convenience. If cycle trips are made more convenient then we can expect to see impact in the choices people make between modes, in particular shifting some journeys, especially short ones less than 10km, from the private car to the bicycle. In the development of a new bicycle parking device (BPD) it was discovered that a knowledge gap may be holding back the development of new convenient interventions in the field. A comparison of two related standards - AS2890.1 Parking facilities. Part 1: Off-street car parking (Standards Australia 2004) and AS2890.3 Parking Facilities Part 3: Bicycle Parking (Standards Australia 2015), reveals that there is a detailed knowledge base around motor vehicle geometry and dynamics that serves to inform the development of convenient, easy to use, efficient, car parking. Although the standard for cycle parking makes reference to some of the varied cycle geometries found in the field, no detailed study has been undertaken to determine the functional geometry of bicycles and how this may relate to similarly convenient parking for bikes. This paper describes a field study which directly targeted this knowledge gap. A field study was conducted where 54 bicycles were measured with key geometry recorded in a database. Analysis of the data found that while the types of cycles are indeed diverse in geometry, the diversity is within a narrow enough band which can make the development of BPDs and convenient cycle infrastructure a simpler task. A geometric “package” is presented to communicate the results and policy recommendations are made.


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  • Pagination: 7p
  • Monograph Title: 40th Australasian Transport Research Forum (ATRF), Darwin, October 30th - November 1st, 2018

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  • Accession Number: 01696307
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ITRD, ATRI
  • Created Date: Feb 26 2019 2:39PM