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Measures to cause users to be willing to cover longer distances by bike or foot

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Project Acronym
SVI 1998/088
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Transport mode
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Transport policies
Societal/Economic issues
Transport sectors
Passenger transport,
Active mobility



The research work's aim is to formulate effective measures which cause motorised and non-motorised road users to be willing to cover longer distances by bike or foot in settlement areas.

The research examines if this readiness exists, if the elbowroom for the transport organisations will expand and if these measures and will have positive effects on the arrangement of the settlement.


Analysis of the existing research. Based on the existing examinations, the concrete target group oriented measures are to be pointed out to value the pedestrian and bike lines, so that longer routes get appropriate funding and with it are more likely to be accepted.


Parent Programmes
Institution Type
Private foundation
Institution Name
Association of Transportation Engineers
Type of funding
Public (national/regional/local)


The surveys from Burgdorf and Kirchberg clearly show that the acceptance of longer pedestrian and bicycle routes substantially increased. The results are presented comprehensibly. They confirm the findings from previous studies even in more urban space. It is dispensed with simplistic representations of acceptable distances for various activities, in favour of a differentiated and holistic view. 

Different requirements of different user groups are considered and woven into the recommendations. These range from the initial idea to the operation and maintenance of a plant. They can be very helpful as a checklist, especially for municipal authorities.

Important are the findings and comments on the adjoining road surface area. There is demand for an interdisciplinary planning team. There are mostly outside the historic city centers to private land ownership, but no reference to the possible influence by building codes, special land use plans and the like. In this area (often referred to as clearance) thought should also be given to new financing and subsidy models. The authorities should be encouraged to actively - to operate urban planning - for the purposes of this study.

By often neglected aspects of communication, marketing and service offerings, the research points to other important areas of activity, which not only lead to longer distances, but also generally include the promotion of walking and cycling.

The measures that contribute so that the pedestrian and bike routes are perceived as shorter, are:

  • The routes should be short-waved. The different perception by pedestrians and bikers caused by their slower speed is calling for a huge and compact experience potential.
  • The destinations should be attainable without time-consuming detours.
  • Pedestrian and biker related orienteering-aids should exist.
  • It should be easy for bikers and pedestrians to cover the routes. The dragging along of loads lets the routes appear longer. Help for the transport of goods is consequently of utmost importance.

The acceptance of (longer) pedestrian and bike routes is based on a subtle interplay of a multitude of different factors. According to that, it's worth considering numerous and different bases and varied measures and to discuss their interplay.

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