Integrating Cycling into Intelligent Transport Systems



Integrating Cycling into Intelligent Transport Systems

Authors

CLARK S, ITS, University of Leeds, UK

Description

Most road users desire a quick, safe journey to their destination. In the past most of the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) which have been deployed have attempted to meet this desire by making more efficient use of the road infrastructure. Cyclis

Abstract

Most road users desire a quick, safe journey to their destination. In the past most of the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) which have been deployed have attempted to meet this desire by making more efficient use of the road infrastructure. Cyclists are also road users and desire the same level of consideration within ITS but there is little evidence that this has taken place. Various Government initiatives such as the National Cycling Strategy, Climate Change commitments and the Integrated Transport White paper have raised the profile of cycling as a tool to achieve policy objectives. At the turn of the Millennium, cycling is enjoying a renaissance in the estimation of transport policy makers. In the light of this, current and future developments in ITS need to take account of the cyclist. This paper looks at a range of over 20 ITS functions, with ten discussed in detail, to see how they impact on cycling and if they can be used to encourage cycling. The paper demonstrates that there can be first and second order benefits for cyclists from ITS, if there is a will to implement them. Some potential dis-benefits for cyclists as a result of ITS implementation are also highlighted.

Publisher

Association for European Transport