Congestion (ii): bike congestion?
August 11, 2016
Following on from yesterday’s ‘background’ post, I thought I’d make a go at putting my money where my mouth is, and suggest some ideas for how we might look at bike congestion as a concept in itself (rather than just ask how car congestion affects bikes and pedestrians, which I plan to think about later).
Part of what I got out of yesterday’s reading was that congestion in scientific terms doesn’t mean angry drivers (or cyclists!) sat in a queue, although that’s the tabloid image. It is about broader network performance, usually thought of in relation to motor vehicles. And the big problem for motor vehicles, in terms of excess delay, wait times, etc. is that you simply have more motor vehicles than can easily pass through the capacity available (which is often temporarily restricted, in London collisions and planned maintenance being two biggies).