This project was undertaken by ViaStrada's Megan Fowler as part of the third professional year of her Bachelor of Engineering university studies. She later presented a paper at the IPENZ 2006 transportation conference based on the project findings.
The project aim was to identify the effects of the installation of a cycle lane on the traffic flow characteristics of motor vehicle speed and vehicle positioning and in turn infer the safety of cyclists using the cycle lane. The analysis of crash history of similar cycle lane sites compared with control sites was used to predict the effects the cycle lane would have on the actual cyclist safety (i.e. that experienced in terms of crashes). A qualitative opinion survey of residents living near the cycle lane was used to gauge perceived safety of cyclists and motorists.
The project is available on the ViaStrada website.
University of Canterbury