Laura Laker August 5 2017
Sustrans is asking to hear people’s opinions on mixed use paths – routes where both cyclists and pedestrians use the same space.
Researchers at UCL are carrying out the survey on behalf of Sustrans, to find out what they think of paths were people cycling and walking share space without any measure of segregation between them. There are two surveys – one from a pedestrian’s point of view, one from the point of view of cyclists.
The research is part of work by the sustainable transport charity to gauge how comfortable people feel using mixed use paths, and how people’s experiences of such routes can be improved.
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While shared use paths can enable both users to make use of the full width of a path, they are not without their critics.
The survey takes 20 minutes to complete and includes 48 short videos of between three and eight seconds. Researchers say this number of videos is necessary to accurately gauge understanding of users’ preferences.
The short, seven second clips present artificially designed scenarios of people travelling on mixed use paths, and ask participants to rate their comfort level for each.
Participants are also given the chance to enter a prize draw with prizes of £150, £75 and £35.
Sustrans is the national cycling and walking charity, responsible for, among other things, maintaining and expanding the National Cycle Network.