London launches cycle journey research

July 29 2015  

London launches cycle journey research
Cyclists in London are invited to take part in new research designed to find out what factors influence their choice of route through the capital. Volunteers have until 6 August to take part in the study.
Transport for London (TfL) – who are leading the study with support from Mott MacDonald’s Integrated Transport Division – say that the results will help to inform a new cycling modelling tool, designed to help improve conditions for cyclists where they are needed most. This work is part of a wider TfL programme of research and development to enhance its cycling analytical capability.
TfL’s Principal Transport Modeller Aliasgar Inayathusein, said: “We are keen to gain a better understanding of how cyclists choose their route through the network. This exciting and innovative work will inform our development of a new model which will significantly enhance our capability to understand where cycling investment is likely to be most effective.”
Participants are asked to first complete an online survey to find out about their cycling patterns and how confident they feel using certain route types, such as Cycle Superhighways, main roads or off-road tracks through paths and along canals.
The second stage involves volunteers downloading a bespoke smartphone app designed specifically for this study which tracks the route they take through London. A third stage will involve participants assessing their cycled journeys against alternative routes.
Cyclists who regularly commute, those who cycle infrequently and who ride in London for leisure are all welcome to take part. 
To find out more and to take part in the survey, click here.
(Photo: Transport for London)

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