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Transportation Seminar: Attracting the Next 10% of Cyclists with the Right Infrastructure
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 - 12:00pm to Wednesday, August 25, 2010 - 1:00pm

Visiting scholar, Dr. Glen Koorey, will be presenting on Wednesday, August 25, from 12pm-1pm in room 204 of the Urban Center at PSU. The seminar will be streaming online at

This seminar is sponsored by the Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation and OTREC.

Attracting the Next 10% of Cyclists with the Right Infrastructure

Dr. Glen Koorey, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand

Although considered a cycling centre in New Zealand, Christchurch still has relatively low cycle use (e.g. ~7% of commuters) but huge potential for utilitarian cycling due to its favourable geography. There is continuing, but relatively small, investment in infrastructure for cyclists, yet evidence seems to suggest little if any growth in cycle numbers. Therefore, on behalf of the NZ Transport Agency, research at the University of Canterbury assessed the barriers to cycle use, with a specific focus on the infrastructure needed to attract the next tier of people who do not cycle regularly for utility trip purposes.

The research surveyed workplaces, recreational cyclists and community groups to identify potential (but not current) regular utility cyclists. Focus groups were held with them to discuss the motivations and barriers for cycling. In addition, a series of plans and pictures of various types of cycling infrastructure (mid-block and intersections) were shown and rated by participants. The findings suggest that potential cyclists in Christchurch will be attracted to regular cycling through a network of infrastructure that provides some level of separation from other users rather than shared space. The most preferred on‐street network would be a fully segregated network of cycleways situated between parking and pedestrians, with specific intersection cycle facilities like hook turns and signalised crossings.

Dr Koorey is a senior lecturer in the Dept of Civil & Natural Resources Engineering at the University of Canterbury, where he teaches and does research in a variety of transportation engineering subjects, with a particular focus on sustainable transport and road safety. Prior to joining the University in 2004, he worked for 10 years with Opus International Consultants as a transportation engineer and road safety researcher. This year he is on sabbatical (study leave) and has been undertaking a three-month study tour of Europe and North America, including three weeks in Portland.

Free to attend!

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