Just a quick post about a couple of interesting surveys of people's attitudes to different types of cycling infrastructure. First, via Ian Walker on Twitter, is a survey in the Vancouver region which found:
The best route types to encourage cycling were:The findings include this chart showing how regular, occasional and 'potential' cyclists all feel about different types of route and infrastructure.
- paved off-street bike paths
- residential streets with traffic calming
- cycle paths next to major streets, but separated from motor vehicles by a curb or other barrier (also known as "cycle tracks")
|16 Route Types, Average Likelihood of Choosing by Cyclist Type|
When asked to assess their cycle route to work, only 10% of non-cyclists were happy with their commute's cycling potential (indicated by a rating of 'excellent', 'very good' or 'good'). 21% said it was OK, and 35% said it was poor or very poor, with the other third of respondents unsure.
72% indicated that their major reason for not cycling to work was because it would be 'unsafe/stressful' to do so. This was the stand-out response. Reinforcing this response, almost exactly the same number (71%) of non-cyclists agreed that they would consider cycling more frequently if safe, well-connected, physically segregated cycle ways were provided for the majority of their commute.