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Do Online Bicycle Routing Portals Adequately Address Prevalent Safety Concerns?

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Department of Geoinformatics, University of Salzburg, 5020 Salzburg, Austria
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Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center, University of Florida, Davie, FL 33314, USA
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Received: 17 November 2017 / Revised: 28 February 2018 / Accepted: 3 March 2018 / Published: 6 March 2018
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Abstract

Safety concerns are among the most prevalent deterrents for bicycling. The provision of adequate bicycling infrastructure is considered as one of the most efficient means to increase cycling safety. However, limited public funding does not always allow agencies to implement cycling infrastructure improvements at the desirable level. Thus, bicycle trip planners can at least partly alleviate the lack of adequate infrastructure by recommending optimal routes in terms of safety. The presented study provides a systematic review of 35 bicycle routing applications and analyses to which degree they promote safe bicycling. The results show that most trip planners lack corresponding routing options and therefore do not sufficiently address safety concerns of bicyclists. Based on these findings, we developed recommendations on how to better address bicycling safety in routing portals. We suggest employing current communication technology and analysis to consider safety concerns more explicitly. View Full-Text
Keywords: information service; bicycling; safety; routing; trip planner; review information service; bicycling; safety; routing; trip planner; review
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Loidl, M.; Hochmair, H.H. Do Online Bicycle Routing Portals Adequately Address Prevalent Safety Concerns? Safety 2018, 4, 9.

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