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Contents of Our Library
This is the library section of Bicycling Life Web site.
We intend to maintain a wide variety of studies, position papers and other
source material that is frequently used with regard to cycling issues. We don't
necessarily agree with all of these studies. Some appear here just so we can poke
holes in them.
Some of these articles appear on other sites. This may be because we
had no room to store it here, or because the copyright would not allow it to be used here.
Title and Link
Stones to Better Cycling Future
insightful paper on how the campaign to improve the safety of cycling
has had just the opposite effect, namely that of "Dangerizing"
Characteristics of the Regular Adult Bicycle User
|This is a PDF version (Free viewer
required) of the landmark 1975 "Kaplan Study",
a master's thesis by Jerrold Kaplan which lead the way in the study of transportational
bicycling. This early study was one of the first to show that bike paths were much more
dangerous than riding on the roads. At 2.5 Meg, the document is slightly slow to download.
These scans of the original provided by John S. Allen. Html Version available on his
A Survey Of North American Bicycle Commuters
|Professor Bill Moritz's first
study of Bicycle Commuters, conducted on the internet with self selected
respondents. This study introduces the concept of the Relative Danger index to rank
the relative risks imposed on cyclists by various facilities (roads, paths, trails).
Bicyclists in the United States
|Professor Bill Moritz's second study of US
cyclists. This study has interesting results regarding accident frequency on various types
of Roads, Paths, Sidewalks etc. It also included demographic data on respondents,
descriptive statistics on bicycle use, miles travled, etc. Results are compared with
two prior studies
Risk Factors for Bicycle-Motor Vehicle Collisions at Intersections
|This paper by Alan Wachtel and Diana Lewiston
reports a study of bicycle-motor vehicle collisions in the city of Palo Alto, California.
The study enables the authors to identify factors that are correlated with increased risk
of bicycle-motor vehicle collisions, and to suggest engineering practices that reduce this
Traffic Safety Facts
|A detailed table of US fatality data for Automobiles,
Motorcycles, Bicycles and Pedestrians broken down by State, and Year from
1991 to 1997. This table was compiled from NHTSA Traffic Safety Data.
A Tale of Three Cities
|An Analysis of all 1995 Car-Bike accidents in three cities, listing those
most frequently found in all cities. This analysis shows risks to watch out for.
Cyclists can use this report to improve their traffic awareness, and avoid high
risk riding styles.
|A comparison of bicycle production worldwide to automobile production.
It is strictly a Western perception that cars own the road. This table shows
that today, and since the 60's bicycle production exceeds automobile production, currently
by 3 to 1.
Autumn of the Bicycle Master Plan
|This PDF Document introduces the report on the effectiveness
of Bicycle Master Plans in the Netherlands. In spite of massive
spending on bicycle specific infrastructure bicycle use is still
Down. If you build it, they might NOT come.
Other Sources of significant Bicycling studies and documents.