Theory and Practice of Spatial Planning | Number 3 | Year 2015 | ISSN 2350-3637
Polonca Andrejčič Mušič1, Ilka Čerpes2:
A holistic approach to the integration of bicycle traffic into the urban landscape
DOI 10.15292/IU-CG.2015.03.078-088 |
UDK 656.183:712.25 |
SUBMITTED: 05/2015 |
REVISED: 09/2015 |
Author's affiliation: 1 Ljubljana, Slovenia, 2 University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Architecture, Slovenia
Qualitative and quantitative indicators can be used to assess the quality of public space. The coherence of cycling infrastructure connectivity is an indicator of a public space's attractiveness as a basis for the quality of the bicycle traffic operation. We would like to find an optimal balance between the space's form and its image to provide good conditions for cycling as one of the most important forms of sustainable mobility, and consequently a factor facilitating a healthy lifestyle. The new approach brings a completely different view on planning cycling infrastructure, while rather than physical infrastructure characteristics, humans are placed at the forefront of the cycling infrastructure design as the most important measure of its quality.
Since the complexity of human beings cannot be controlled with only one science or profession, solving the problem of bicycle traffic is not just a technical problem, but its design and management also lend a multidisciplinary character. From the perspective of different cycling infrastructure users, the study will define integrated multidisciplinary methodology for evaluating the quality of cycling infrastructure, which will equally include the criteria of sensing and perceiving of space. The new approach seeks a system of criteria, which enables the integrated planning of cycling infrastructure in all spatial, organizational, sectoral, and professional levels. All theoretical findings will be tested and demonstrated on the pilot case of the long-distance cycling connection in the area of four Slovenian coastal municipalities, namely Koper, Izola, Piran, and Ankaran.
KEYWORDS Urban Planning, Urban Design, Bicycle Traffic, Traffic Integration, Sustainable Planning, Holistic Approach, Experiential Integration of Bike Infrastructure into the Environment
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