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How Can Traffic Engineering Assist Bicycle Movement in Urban Areas?

Yuchu Liu

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Imperial College London, UK.

*Corresponding author: Yuchu Liu

Published: November 28,2022 How to cite this paper

Abstract

As cities get more and more congested with vehicles, people start to realise the negative effects this creates, and many start to examine cycling, which did not get much attention in the past, as a choice for travelling within a city. Major problems faced by cyclists and those who wish to cycle is safety risks and undesirable experience. A Separated cycle lane is a widely applied approach for decreasing the risk of cycles colliding with motorised traffic, and it has been shown that such a practice reduces both perceived and actual risk of cyclists getting injured. Traffic signal systems, which were developed to promote efficient flow of traffic, has the side effect of reducing pollution, which creates a friendly environment for cyclists. Implementing cycling infrastructures at public transportation hubs can encourage cycling for commuting. If such practices are applied properly, cycling can become a more attractive transportation mode.

KEYWORDS: Traffic engineering, sustainable travel, public transport, signal control, urban infrastructure, cycling

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How to cite this paper

Yuchu Liu. How Can Traffic Engineering Assist Bicycle Movement in Urban Areas? OA Journal of Engineering & Technology, 2022, 1(2), 51-54.


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