Tekniska resurser för forskning om cykling: en översikt av befintliga resurser i Sverige

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In Sweden there are strategies, plans and goals for the development of bicycling on both a national and a local level at the municipalities. To reach the goals that have been set up, trials, projects and plans are carried out in many places within the country. An important part in these efforts are to evaluate to increase understanding about what gives the desired effect, what does not and why it does it give the desired effect, or not. One of the conditions for being able to conduct bicycling research is that there are measurements and methods specific for cycling. Therefore, one of the first areas that we chose to work with was an overview of what technical resources are available for bicycling research and evaluation of different efforts that have been made within the field of bicycling in Sweden.

The purpose of the report is to account for what technical resources are available in Sweden for bicycling research and thereby show what opportunities there are, but also what the limitations are for conducting bicycling research in Sweden. Through increased awareness we aim to inspire to new research ideas and contribute to new contacts for future collaboration within Swedish bicycling research.

By a technical resource we mean: bicycling research facilities, technical devices and instruments that can be used to measure bicycles’ and bicyclists’ interaction with the physical environment, the traffic environment and the state of the road surface through a bicyclist’s perspective as well as equipment that measures the environmental and health effects of bicycling. The technical resources are briefly described with the purpose to give an overview of function and applications.

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