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The importance of winter maintenance for cyclists
Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute, Infrastructure, Infrastructure maintenance.
2010 (English)In: Sustainable winter service for road users: 13th international winter road congress, Paris: PIARC , 2010, , 10 p.Conference paper, (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Single bicycle accidents represent more than 70% of all bicycle accidents in Sweden and the biggest influencing factor is slippery surfaces, mainly caused by ice and snow. In addition, the winter maintenance service level is significant for the accessibility of cyclists and for their decision to cycle or not. According to road maintenance administrators the most difficult conditions to manage in cycleway maintenance is thawing and freezing, resulting in slush followed by icy ruts and slipperiness. In this paper, winter maintenance of cycleways will be discussed from various perspectives, based on several studies performed at VTI. The effects on safety related to winter maintenance is estimated using accident data based on reports from hospital emergency rooms. In total, almost 18 000 bicycle accidents were analysed. The paper will also present the opinion of cyclists concerning the importance of the winter road condition for their perceived safety, their travel time, etc. The results are based on focus group studies performed in two Swedish cities with different climate and daylight conditions. The cyclists’ opinion will also be compared to the perception of road maintenance administrators. Road maintenance administrators from 13 different municipalities in Sweden have been interviewed.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Paris: PIARC , 2010. , 10 p.
Keyword [en]
Cyclist, Accident, Winter, Icy road, Snow, Slipperiness, Interview, Winter maintenance
Keyword [sv]
Cyklister, Olyckor, Vinter, Isigt väglag, Snö, Halka, Intervjuer, Vinterväghållning
National Category
Infrastructure Engineering
Research subject
70 Road: Maintenance, 71 Road: Winter maintenance; 10 Road: Transport, society, policy and planning, 113 Road: Cycling, walking and moped transport
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:vti:diva-5332Local ID: VTI 2012.0138OAI: oai:DiVA.org:vti-5332DiVA: diva2:674165
Conference
PIARC 13th international winter road congress, from February 8 to 11, 2010, Québec
Available from: 2013-12-03 Created: 2013-12-03 Last updated: 2014-11-17Bibliographically approved

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