Advances in street and cycle path design in London and how these can aid Portsmouth’s future development

Arding, Ryan (2016) Advances in street and cycle path design in London and how these can aid Portsmouth’s future development. BEng dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    In the UK, the rise in social, environmental and economic sustainability issues has been linked to the rise in motorised transportation. These problems have encouraged the increase in cycling infrastructure by the government as a non-motorized mode of transportation. London has seen an increased rate in cycling on its major roads of 72% between 2000 and 2006 (TFL, 2006), showing just how effective the implementation of cycling infrastructure can be.
    This study contributes towards this objective by analysing London’s cycling infrastructure and looking at how it can be applied to Portsmouth. Specifically through the introduction of a cycle route for Portsmouth students providing sustainable inter-site access to the university. The paper examines three potential cycle route proposals of varying complexity that aim to improve the existing cycle lanes. Using London’s Cycle Superhighways as an initial case study to determine if the scheme has been a success and why. The three proposals cover a basic painted cycle lane route, road redesign route (Cycle Superhighway) and an ambitious elevated cycle path. The aim for all proposals was to link Langstone Campus (University halls of residency) to the central Portsmouth University area via a cycle route along the 4 kilometre distance. A survey walk of the route was completed to capture photos, highlighting points along the way that would require engineering solutions. Each proposal then provided the analysis of each design approach with regards to cost, planning, environmental and social implications.
    Through this analysis it was clear that the second road redesign (Cycle Superhighway) proposal was most suitable to the City of Portsmouth. This chosen proposal was then put forward to student Residents of Langstone Campus to get their views on the potential new cycle route. Results from the questionnaire were positive in favour of the Cycle Superhighway proposal. The results from the entire study show how London’s advancements in cycling infrastructure have the ability to aid Portsmouth’s future development. It also demonstrates that students realise the potential benefits to their lives that can be achieved through the implementation of a Cycle Superhighway.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Technology > School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 06 Sep 2016 13:00
    Last Modified: 06 Sep 2016 13:00

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