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The Effectiveness of Urban Cycle Lanes: From Dyscrasias to Potential Solutions

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Department of Engineering, University of Sannio, 82100 Benevento, Italy
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Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering; University of Naples Federico II, 80125 Napoli, Italy
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Sustainability 2020, 12(6), 2321; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12062321
Received: 14 February 2020 / Revised: 13 March 2020 / Accepted: 14 March 2020 / Published: 16 March 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainable Mobility: Social, Technological and Environmental Issues)
This paper studies the effectiveness of urban cycle lanes, with cycling being one of the most common practices for promoting sustainable mobility in urban areas. Despite a growing interest, the use of cycling in Italian cities has not gained a large consensus yet. Nevertheless, the presence and the extension of cycle lanes are considered as quantitative indicators for measuring the livability of cities. Actually, the lack in assessing the global quality of cycle networks asks for a major attention in the definition of these indicators. Starting from these considerations, the present study tries to propose a different approach to assess the real effectiveness of an urban cycle network. By defining some typological clusters of anomalies (dyscrasias) that can impede a safe and comfortable use of bicycles, the study achieves the definition of a method to evaluate the real effectiveness of an urban cycle lane. The case study of Naples represents a first trial both to check the method and to assess the state of the existing urban lane in order to verify its effectiveness. View Full-Text
Keywords: urban cycle lane; sustainable mobility; effectiveness assessment urban cycle lane; sustainable mobility; effectiveness assessment
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Fistola, R.; Gallo, M.; La Rocca, R.A.; Russo, F. The Effectiveness of Urban Cycle Lanes: From Dyscrasias to Potential Solutions. Sustainability 2020, 12, 2321.

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