BICYCLE FACILITIES FOR AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL CITIES

A case for providing bicycle facilities to encourage cycling can be made in terms of: transport efficiency, equity, amenity and reduction in cyclists road accident trauma. Facilities are currently inadequate for both safe movement and secure storage, thus deterring the greater use of bicycles. A low cost solution, to the provision of facilities for movement, is to base the network on existing quiet residential streets. To develop a continuous network however, it would be necessary to 'breach' discontinuities such as public reserves and private property with bike path easements. Bicycle networks should be developed to serve local travel to schools, work places, recreation facilities, shop and public transport terminals with secure storage facilities provided at these activity centres. Preliminary costing indicates that the proposed system of routes, paths and storage facilities, would cost just over $77 million. Operating cost savings that would accrue to current private motor vehicle users alone, predicted to transfer from car to bicycle for some short local trips, is calculated at just over $44 million per year. Accordingly it is concluded that a strong case exists for public investment in bicycle facilities. /Author/TRRL/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Proceeding of the 3rd Annual Meeting of the Australian Transport Research Forum--"Getting the Best Use from the Transport Infrastructure" Melbourne, Australia, May 24-25, 1977.
  • Corporate Authors:

    VICTORIA MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT

    MELBOURNE,    
  • Authors:
    • Pattinson, W H
  • Publication Date: 1977-5

Media Info

  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 23 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00165567
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Proceeding
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jun 14 1981 12:00AM