Mobility and Transport

Clean transport, Urban transport

5.3 Data collection, evaluation, documentation and communication

5.3 Data collection, evaluation, documentation and communication

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Overview

Collating, evaluating, documenting and communicating information on cycling, and views on cycling, support evidence-based policy making and the engagement and communication with stakeholders.

Considerations for applicability

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Level of cycling

Collating, evaluating, documenting and communicating information is important for cities with any level of cycling. The extent of the actions needed might vary depending on the current level of cycling and any future plans.

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Urban layout/topography

The measure is administrative, so the urban layout and topography of the city is irrelevant to its applicability.

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Population

The demographic structure of the city, and whether it is a tourist destination or has a large student population, might influence the data that could usefully be collected and documented. This, however, is not relevant to the measure’s applicability.

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Finance Resources

Finance will be needed to collate the necessary information. In order to monitor and evaluate a measure, financial resources will need to be set aside. Similarly, documenting and communicating information will need to be supported financially.

The financial resources needed will vary depending on the type and scale of the action. However, these are likely to be relatively small compared to the implementation of measures.

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Time & Human Resources

Time and human resources will be needed to collate the necessary information, to evaluate it and to document and communicate it in a way that is relevant to the identified target audience. Compared to other measures, the time and human resources required is likely to be small, but it is important that sufficient resources are put aside for these activities. The city should also make use of data collected by other organisations, e.g. police, local employers, local universities, cycling clubs and cycling advocacy groups.

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Informed decision making and investment

Collating, evaluating, documenting and communicating data helps the public authority make better decisions and enables it to better target investment in a way that engages citizens, politicians and other stakeholders. It is also easier to make the arguments for a particular decision, if it is based on evidence supported by data.   

Note: An overview of the direct and indirect impacts resulting from correctly implemented cycling measures is available in Challenges that cities face and how cycling can address them.

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