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Remodelling the future of cycling in London

Date: 2017-05-24 | Category: Project Updates
Remodelling the future of cycling in London

An area of key importance across UK cities, but particularly in London, is how we improve user experience and safety for cyclists, whilst improving their relationship with surrounding traffic and pedestrians.

We were commissioned by Phil Jones Associates (PJA) and Dr Rachel Aldred of Westminster University, to undertake a research project to model natural cyclist behavior in detail within a typical London street environment, as well as establishing what difference the inclusion of cyclists in models might make.

Using VISSIM, the study focused on London Bridge and the interaction between cyclists and buses in the bus lane in a northbound direction, with the aim of producing a 'London cyclist' set of behavioral parameters and desired speed profiles.

The modelling was based on a study undertaken by Danish company, COWI, who developed a variety of cyclist profiles for Copenhagen. Working closely with academics at the University of Westminster, we reviewed and modified the study to suit expected behaviors of London cyclists, who are considered to be more assertive in terms of lane changing and weaving through stationary traffic. 

Traffic survey data was also fed into the VISSIM model to help the team model an accurate cyclist gender split and varied desired cyclist speeds. To validate the behaviour, bus journey times along London Bridge were obtained and compared, ensuring that modelled bus times were within official criteria for journey time validation.

As a result of the project, we were able to develop a set of behaviour parameters for London cyclists and presented our findings at Modelling World 2016 in London, as well as being published in the ICE Transport journal.

To view the 3D simulation video we created for London Bridge, visit:

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