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Engineering condition assessment of cycling infrastructure: Cyclists’ perceptions of satisfaction and comfort

Calvey, J.C.; Shackleton, J.P.; Taylor, M.D.; Llewellyn, R.


J.C. Calvey

J.P. Shackleton

R. Llewellyn


The UK National Cycle Network comprises 23,660 km of cycling and walking paths of which a significant percentage is dedicated off-road infrastructure. This represents a significant civil engineering infrastructure asset that currently contributes to the provision of a
sustainable transport mode option nationwide. Commuting and recreational cyclists have observed the often hazardous conditions on these paths. There are various simple measures that could be taken to improve the maintenance of such off-road paths. Reliance on walk-over surveys (direct visual inspection) and path users notifying the local authority may not be tackling maintenance in a resource efficient manner. The proposed inspection
method includes the use of an instrumented bicycle to examine cycle path condition through user perception of satisfaction and quality. A questionnaire was conducted to
identify the attributes of off-road cycling infrastructure people find most important in relation to their personal satisfaction. An exploratory factor analysis was undertaken on perception study data to elucidate the determination of the variables associated with perceived user satisfaction. The study has shown that people find maintenance issues to be of high importance, especially surface issues. From exploratory factor analysis of results, satisfaction has been found to load with comfort and safety. Field testing was then conducted using subjective user opinions and ojective vibration data. These results were then used to assist the creation of dedicated user perception based surface condition rating-scales.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 28, 2015
Publication Date 2015-08
Deposit Date Jun 11, 2015
Journal Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice
Print ISSN 0965-8564
Electronic ISSN 1879-2375
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 78
Pages 134-143
Keywords Instrumented bicycle; infrastructure; monitoring; aset management;
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Contract Date Jun 11, 2015