Benchmarking of Infrastructure for Biking
THIJSSEN G and KRAAN M, Goudappel Coffeng and BORGMAN F, Dutch Cyclists Union, The Netherlands
A flat country such as the Netherlands with its moderate climate is ideally suited for a vehicle such as the bicycle. A lot of cycling is done in the Nether- lands. Biking is cheap, causes no congestion, is environmentally friendly in terms of environment
A flat country such as the Netherlands with its moderate climate is ideally suited for a vehicle such as the bicycle. A lot of cycling is done in the Nether- lands. Biking is cheap, causes no congestion, is environmentally friendly in terms of environmental emissions and noise and needs little space for park- ing. The Dutch government has expressed the wish that even more use of the bicycle will be made in the future. To increase the use of biking as a transport mode the quality of the infrastructure for bikes should be high.
To stimulate local authorities to improve the infrastructure for bikes a bench- marking project has been started. In this project the quality of the infrastruc- ture for biking will be compared between cities and with standards. The quality will be measured by a set of criteria. Local authorities are stimulated to im- prove the quality of the infrastructure for bikes by using this information. The contribution of this study to the literature is on two fronts. First, we de- velop a set of criteria and measurement instruments, which can be used to measure the quality of the infrastructure for bikes. Second, a computer pack- age is developed and applied to measure objectively the criteria and to com- pare the results between cities. The package is called Quick Scan Indicator Bike-infrastructure (QSIF).
After a brief description of the Dutch bicycle policy in section 2, a set of criteria to compare the quality of the infrastructure for biking between cities is pre- sented in section 3. Section 4 describes how these criteria are measured. The different measurement instruments (measure bike, video bike and car) used are presented in section 5. The measured data are brought together in QSIF, which is described in section 6. The QSIF is developed to measure objectively the quality of the infrastructure for bikes. It is important that the results are in line with the subjective judgements of the cyclists. In section 7 the results of interviews among bike riders are compared with results of the QSIF. As an illustration the results of the QSIF for Tilburg and Wageningen, two cities in the Netherlands, are presented in section 8. Finally, in section 9, the main findings of the study are summarized.
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