People most likely to commute by bike where traffic speed below 20mph – but presence of lorries on roads makes no difference, says study – road.cc
Simon Macmichael Dec 07 2021
Researchers at University of Surrey say that findings can help councils reach decisions on speed limits and cycling infrastructure
A new study of almost 35,000 commutes in Surrey has revealed that people are most likely to cycle to work when traffic speeds on the routes that take them there are below 20mph.
A research team at the University of Surrey found that while roads that were busier with motor traffic acted as a deterrent to cycling, speed of vehicles put potential riders – and women in particular – off to a greater degree.
The study has been published in the International Journal of Sustainable Transportation under the title, What aspects of traffic intensity most influence cycling mode choice? A study of commuting in Surrey, UK(link is external).
The university said that the study “analysed traffic data for all roads and cycle routes in Surrey to look at how different vehicle speeds, volumes, the proportion of heavy goods vehic