The study investigates how to integrate cycling facilities into urban and suburban environments in ways that address the concerns of the 48% of people who are “interested” in cycling, but “concerned” about safety (TfNSW Cycling Customer Value Proposition Research 2013). This group is known as the elusive “interested but concerned cohort”. The study will gather new data on what design features influence or change this cohort’s perception of “safe” bike-ability.
A highly innovative element will be the use of immersive virtual reality technology to “test” design improvements on study participant’s sense of safety. Through this approach, the project will mitigate the known weaknesses of stated preference surveys, which have been the mainstay approach for trying to understand cyclists’ preferences for routes and riding environments and to subsequently assist planning new or improved cycling infrastructure.
By using approaches that are also based on behavioural observations, rather than only stated preference approaches, the project is intended to provide TfNSW and other government agencies, with an improved evidence base to that will be utilised through the next iteration of cycleway design guidelines.
The objectives of this Project are: