Perception of safety of cyclists in Dublin City

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Title: Perception of safety of cyclists in Dublin City
Authors: Lawson, Anneka R.
Pakrashi, Vikram
Ghosh, Bidisha
Szeto, WY
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/10427
Date: Jan-2013
Online since: 2019-05-14T08:01:49Z
Abstract: In recent years, cycling has been recognized and is being promoted as a sustainable mode of travel. The perception of cycling as an unsafe mode of travel is a significant obstacle in increasing the mode share of bicycles in a city. Hence, it is important to identify and analyze the factors which influence the safety experiences of the cyclists in an urban signalized multi-modal transportation network. Previous researches in the area of perceived safety of cyclists primarily considered the influence of network infrastructure and operation specific variables and are often limited to specific locations within the network. This study explores the factors that are expected to be important in influencing the perception of safety among cyclists but were never studied in the past. These factors include the safety behavior of existing cyclists, the users of other travel modes and their attitude toward cyclists, facilities and network infrastructures applicable to cycling as well as to other modes in all parts of an urban transportation network. A survey of existing cyclists in Dublin City was conducted to gain an insight into the different aspects related to the safety experience of cyclists. Ordered Logistic Regression (OLR) and Principal Component Analysis (PCA) were used in the analysis of survey responses. This study has revealed that respondents perceive cycling as less safe than driving in Dublin City. The new findings have shown that the compliance of cyclists with the rules of the road increase their safety experience, while the reckless and careless attitudes of drivers are exceptionally detrimental to their perceived safety. The policy implications of the results of analysis are discussed with the intention of building on the reputation of cycling as a viable mode of transportation among all network users.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Elsevier
Journal: Accident Analysis &Prevention
Volume: 50
Start page: 499
End page: 511
Copyright (published version): 2012 Elsevier
Keywords: Perceived safetyMulti-modal transportation networkUrban cyclingQuestionnaire survey
DOI: 10.1016/j.aap.2012.05.029
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Mechanical & Materials Engineering Research Collection

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