Evaluating (Protected) Bike Lanes in a Bicycle Simulator

M. Naujoks, M. Vollrath, A. K. HuemerNews room

  1. Cyclists-cyclists overtaking maneuvers on partially protected bike lanes were tested in the TU Braunschweig bicycle simulator.
  2. Bike lane width, buffer type, surface color, and the position of a cyclist ahead were varied.
  3. Dependent variables were the perceived safety and the objective driving and overtaking behavior of cyclists.
  4. An increase in perceived safety and larger overtaking clearances, as found on wide protected bike lanes with physical separators.
  5. Narrow bike lanes with wide line markings (1.85 m) lead to irregular and risky overtaking maneuvers.

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