Cykelvägars standard: en kunskapssammanställning med fokus på drift och underhåll


This is the final report within the research project "Service levels of cycleways" with the purpose of finding the characteristics of an attractive cycleway, and specifying how to maintain cycleways in order to promote cycling. The report is based on literature reviews and summarizes also the studies conducted in the project including interviews with employees in Swedish municipalities, focus group studies with cyclists, as well as test and evaluation of a method for measuring the surface evenness of cycle paths.

The maintenance service level of cycleways is important in order to raise the status of the bicycle as a mode of transport. In Sweden more than 70% of bicycle accidents are single vehicle accidents and 40% of those are maintenance related. Skid control is the most important maintenance measure for the safety of cyclists, while snow clearance is crucial for travel time and accessibility. Surface unevenness as well as grit, broken glass, etc. also affect the safety of cyclists, but are more crucial for their comfort and travel time.

Requirements and recommendations are based on experience and common knowledge rather than on the effects for cyclists, and it is usually the requirements for roadways as well as budget restraints, that set the limits. In consequence, there is a difference in the maintenance service level perceived by cyclist compared to the one declared by the road administrators.



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