“We truly believe that well-designed infrastructure leads to better behaviour from cyclists“
Copenhagenize Design Co, the international consultancy specialising in bicycle urbanism are launching a new project that will span continents and use their unique Desire Lines Analysis Tool.
Based on this study a new methodology to analyse urban life: the Desire Line Analysis Tool seeks to decode the Desire Lines of cyclists. The main purposes of the analysis is to get a thorough understanding of bicycle users and to rethink intersections to fit modern mobility needs. Like William H. Whyte, Copenhagenize want first to observe people and hence employ anthropology and sociology directly to urban planning – something they feel is sorely lacking.
With increasing focus on re-establishing the bicycle as transport in cities around the world, understanding the behaviour and, indeed, the basic urban anthropology of bicycle users is of utmost importance. Rethinking the car-centric design of intersections and infrastructure is necessary if we are to redesign our cities for new century mobility patterns.
For Copenhagenize there has not been any concrete way of mapping cyclist behaviour. Copenhagenize Design Company’s techniques utilise Direct Human Observation in order to map cyclist behaviour – and gather a motherlode of valuable data from it.
The proven methodology will now be expanded to other cities around the world and compare different approaches of bicycle urbanism focusing on the way cyclists react to urban design. This study will take us to Europe, South and North America, Asia and Africa. Cycling is booming everywhere in the world and municipalities are investing in infrastructure across many cities. Nevertheless, data is still lacking and a deep understanding of cyclists’ behavior and expectations is required. I
Copenhagenize will compare all these cyclists and figure out the balance between the behaviour due to varying infrastructure – or lack thereof – and the bicycle culture/habits of the inhabitants. They will highlight both the cultural differences and the universality of human behaviour.
We truly believe that well-designed infrastructure leads to better behaviour from cyclists – whereas the lack of consideration for cyclists when municipalities design bike infrastructure leads to negative behaviour.
In each city Copenhagenize will team up with a local partner including the organisations Future Cape Town, ITDP Brazil and 3×3 Design in New York City. Copenhagenize will seek close cooperation with local authorities and has already get the support of the municipalities of Paris and Amsterdam. Our local partners and us are searching for financial support to make the most of the project in each city.
The results will be presented using maps, statistics, qualitative analyses and appealing graphic representations. The study will reveal how people respect or disrespect infrastructure, how they interact with pedestrians and motorists, what are their normal trajectories and Desire Lines. According to Copenhagenize, all bicycle-friendly cities should have a perfect knowledge of the evolution of the number of cyclists, but also a sociological big picture of them and a deep understanding of their behavior.
This post is an adapted post from the post which originally appeared at Copenhangenize on 27 May 2015