Mobility and Transport

Clean transport, Urban transport

Challenges that cities face and how cycling can address them

Challenges that cities face and how cycling can address them

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Cities are generally confronted with problems such as congestion, air and noise pollution, and road accidents.

Before starting to identify which cycle policies or measures to implement in a city, it is important to first understand what the specific challenges are that a city faces and how cycling-related measures may help to overcome these challenges.  

An overview of these challenges, and how they may be addressed with measures related to cycling, is provided below.

A focus on modal shift to cycling

Cycling infrastructure and other measures aimed at cycling are often implemented with the objective of increasing cycling levels through a modal shift from other modes of transport. Although a modal shift is the direct and easiest to monitor impact of cycle measures, it is usually the indirect impacts or ‘co-benefits’ achieved that address the issues faced by cities. In order to achieve a modal shift and the associated co-benefits, cycle networks and associated measure should be implemented with a consideration of Basic quality design principles for cycle infrastructure and networks as Link (safety, directness, coherence, attractiveness and comfort).

The sections below on different challenges faced by cities each describe how a modal shift to cycling can contribute to reducing the issue.

The achievement of impacts / co-benefits is dependent on the implementation of a network of cycling infrastructure and associated measures, taking into consideration Core quality design principles for cycle infrastructure and networks as Link (safety, directness, coherence, attractiveness and comfort).