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Health Promotion Intervention On Rural Roads In Sweden: A Case Study Of Cycling Safety
Trafikverket.
Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute, Society, environment and transport, Mobility, actors and planning processes.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3815-6639
2017 (English)In: Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, ISSN 0195-9131, E-ISSN 1530-0315, Vol. 49, no 5, p. 229-229Article in journal, Meeting abstract (Other academic) Published
Abstract [en]

In Sweden, as well as in many countries in Scandinavia and in northern Europe, there is a growing trend to allocate the daily exercise routines to cycling and walking in the form of work commuting. This has led to an increase of bikers with light race bikes and garment for race bike training along the roads and streets of major cities. One crucial factor is the safety of the bikers on the public roads with mixed traffic. If the cyclist had control over the distance between themselves and the motor vehicle/object, how much space would they give themselves? To investigate how road safety factors such as proximity to vehicles passing the bikers on a rural roads a study was conducted.

The experiment was conducted in an indoor athletics arena at Lugnet stadium in Falun where 48 participants were assigned to one of three groups. Group one with a balanced order of the object-proximity variable (n = 24); group two with the object-proximity variable ordered closest first and moving outward from the track (n = 12); and group three with object-proximity variable ordered furthest away first and moving inward towards the track (n = 12). The participants were donned with a bicycle helmet with a GoPro camera, a second camera was attached to the handlebars. Independent variables were object proximity to the bicycle lane (cm) measured from the center of the lane; dependent variables were lateral position in cm to moving objects, cycling speed and heart rate.

The preliminary results suggest that bicycle lane must be at least 140 cm broad to accommodate a ‘comfortable’ passing distance (for the cyclist). The equivalent passing speeds equates to a car speed of approximately 40 km/h. If the car speeds were higher, the bicycle lane will need to be broader.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS , 2017. Vol. 49, no 5, p. 229-229
Keyword [en]
Cyclist, Traffic mixture, Overtaking, Width, Traffic lane, Perception, Safety
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Infrastructure Engineering Applied Psychology
Research subject
80 Road: Traffic safety and accidents, 84 Road: Road users; 30 Road: Highway design, 31 Road: Geometric design
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URN: urn:nbn:se:vti:diva-12576DOI: 10.1249/01.mss.0000517474.15672.bbISI: 000413842900623OAI: oai:DiVA.org:vti-12576DiVA: diva2:1163626
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Annual Meeting of the American-College-of-Sports-Medicine (ACSM), MAY 30-JUN 03, 2017, Denver, CO
Available from: 2017-12-07 Created: 2017-12-07 Last updated: 2017-12-19Bibliographically approved

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