Dear Diary: Reports of Uncontrolled Experiments in Cork

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Title: Dear Diary: Reports of Uncontrolled Experiments in Cork
Authors: Byrne, Eoin
Comerford, Samuel
Doorley, Ronan
Pakrashi, Vikram
et al.
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Date: 29-Aug-2017
Online since: 2019-05-08T10:57:31Z
Abstract: Perceived risks of cyclists is a deterrent for increasing cycling activity in a mixed mode network. This fact is particularly relevant for networks where cycling is becoming popular. This paper presents an uncontrolled study in Cork where a number of cyclists kept a diary log of incidents and perceptions of risk for a period of time while traveling. The risk ratings were carried out based on a 10 point scale and the results of this study avoid the Hawthrone Effect. The cyclists provided self-reported data on risk ratings related for a range of routes in Cork and this paper forms a first evidence base around the perception of safety of cyclists in Cork. Interactions with motorists, conflict points, condition of the infrastructure and other factors were investigated and the study attempts to provide a better insight to the perceived safety of cyclists in a city where interest and investment around cycling is on the rise. Several consistent themes emerged from the diary entries. These include, lack of awareness, lack of respect towards cyclists in a mixed mode network, lack of space and time given to the cyclists for manoeuvre, the state of cycling facilities, motor vehicles cutting across cyclists and late or no indication by motorists. The study provides insight to cyclist-vehicle interaction in an emerging cycling network and encourages further research in the area of culpability and risk ratings.
Type of material: Conference Publication
Publisher: Irish Transport Research Network
Keywords: CyclistsCorkIrelandCycling facilitiesCycling networkMotorists
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Language: en
Status of Item: Not peer reviewed
Is part of: ITRN 2017 Proceedings
Conference Details: Irish Transport Research Network (ITRN) 2017, University College Dublin, Ireland, 28-29 August 2017
Appears in Collections:Mechanical & Materials Engineering Research Collection

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