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Planning and design approaches for cycling infrastructure

Parkin, John

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John Parkin
Professor in Transport Engineering


Heinrich J. Zukal

Tdaej Brezina


This chapter argues that approaches to design for cycle traffic have been undertaken based on inappropriate assumptions about the relationship between motor traffic and cycle traffic. The chapter provides provides the philosophy of science as a context, that is to say the nature of ways of understanding the world. This culminates with an understanding of different paradigms. Attention is then drawn to ten contentions in provision for cycle traffic: the sources of risk; language; priority; equivalence of provision; space; speed; network planning; control; separation and vehicle design. The chapter concludes by suggesting that progress will be made when mindsets are not constrained by old fashioned thinking, or, in the language of scientific discovery, when paradigms are shifted.


Parkin, J. (2014, May). Planning and design approaches for cycling infrastructure. Presented at Radfahren in der Stadt Ringvorlesung, Technical University, Vienna, Austria

Presentation Conference Type Lecture
Conference Name Radfahren in der Stadt Ringvorlesung
Conference Location Technical University, Vienna, Austria
Start Date May 26, 2014
End Date May 26, 2014
Publication Date May 26, 2015
Deposit Date Jun 16, 2015
Publicly Available Date Nov 15, 2016
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Pages 91-101
Keywords cycling infrastructure, traffic engineering, traffic planning
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Additional Information Additional Information : ISBN 9783950337532
Title of Conference or Conference Proceedings : Lecture Series SS2014 Cycling in the City: Selected lectures


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