Determining the necessary width of a bicycle lane by means of simulations on a bicycle-rider model.

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It can be observed that there is a wide variety in the width of bicycle lanes. It can range from wide to very narrow, see figure 1. Several guidelines disagree on the desired width of a bicycle lane [1, 2]. These guidelines are mainly based on observations and best practices. Instead of such an evolutionary approach
we propose to determine the necessary width by means of a scientific approach. We hypothesize that the dynamic properties of the bicycle together with the rider control determine the needed width of the bicycle lane. The inherent lateral instability of the bicycle with fixed steer input results in unavoidable lateral contact point displacements to keep the bicycle upright. Additionally, think of the necessary act of counter-steering to change heading direction.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 6th Annual International Cycling Safety Conference - ICSC 2017
EditorsLisa Aultman-Hall, Ralph Buehler, Jeremy Chapman
Place of PublicationDavis, CA, USA
PublisherUniversity of California
Number of pages3
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventICSC 2017: 6th Annual International Cycling Safety Conference - Davis, United States
Duration: 20 Sep 201723 Sep 2017


ConferenceICSC 2017: 6th Annual International Cycling Safety Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • bicycle dynamics
  • haptics
  • simulators

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