Traffic Engineering Solutions for Non-motorized Transport: Bicycle in Shijiazhuang, China

In many developing countries, non-Motorized Transport (NMT) -- pedestrian and bicycle -- has often been neglected by transport planners and senior officials despite its importance to the poor as a basic means of their access and mobility and its contribution to livability for all. The reasons for this neglect are numerous; perhaps most important among them is the sense that motorized modes are modern, while non-motorized modes are symbols of under-development. This neglect has often resulted in poor transport planning and facility design with consequences for both sustainability in general and safety in particular. The objectives of this Paper are to (i) provide a brief overview of NMT issues identified by a number of NMT and other, broader transport studies in Shijiazhuang (SJZ), the capital of Hebei Province in China; (ii) to outline some initial proposals for addressing these NMT issues; (iii) to demonstrate implementation of the proposals benefits not only pedestrians and bicyclists but will makes transport safer and more attractive for all travelers; and (iv) also to recommend how NMT modes might be better incorporated into policy, planning, design, traffic engineering and traffic management for roadway infrastructure in Asian cities. The paper is based on a study in 2005 and a Ping'an road rehabilitation in 2007 financed by the World Bank. The study analyzed the current (2004-5) status of the NMT network in Shijiazhuang and identified NMT related problems. The analysis was based on site observation and surveys, visits to local governmental institutions and a 1,000+ person NMV user travel behavior and attitude survey. After describing SJZ NMT issues and challenges, the study (and this paper) identified a number of potential traffic engineering, operations and management concepts and showed how they would apply in SJZ’s Ping'an Street Corridor. Drawing on the lessons of SJZ, the paper makes some general recommendations on improving NMT performance and safety in developing cities.


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  • Accession Number: 01150440
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  • Report/Paper Numbers: 10-2844
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  • Created Date: Jan 25 2010 11:23AM