Modelling and Assessment
Safety and Experience
People's own personal experiences of using streets do not always match up with the designer's or engineer's intentions or expectations. Feelings of safety are an important determining factor in influencing people to cycle - if not the most important. Data on physical incidents does not always reveal the everyday discomfort or anxiety that many users may feel. With new technologies and techniques, it is now possible to record how people feel on bikes in different situations and at different points in the cycling or road network.
Getting the feeling right
Cities will examine methods for tracking cyclists' feelings of safety in order to build the evidence base for improvements in the cycling network to be made. Cities will particularly focus on intersections, where some feelings of lack of safety are most acute in less advanced cities. Such methods may be online or in realtime. Handshake will also set up ways of communicating with users about this process and reflecting the results back to them, including evaluating how successful behaviour change campaigns have been in reducing stress whilst cycling.