Monday, October 19, 2009
Impact of off-road trails
Michael Langdon sent me an article on how urban trail systems affect cyclists' travel. The research was undertaken in Minneapolis, USA of cyclists using an off-street facility. The photos above show the type of facility. The research found that cyclists would travel 67% longer, on average, to use a high quality urban trail facility. Other research in Seattle concluded that there appeared to be a 1km 'bike shed' around a high standard off-road path, or urban trail, within which cyclists will divert from the shortest path to use the facility.