Cycling and Walking
Cycling and Walking
Walking and cycling are attracting increasing attention from the research community. This largely reflects the need for a stronger evidence base for the policy makers charged with the provision of infrastructure and programs to facilitate increases in safe walking and cycling.
Our research approach is inter-disciplinary and examines walking and cycling in terms of mobility and safety, behaviour and behaviour change, the built environment and, regulation and public policy.
Our research includes all forms of both modes of active transport. Cycling includes all pedal cycle types including electric bikes.
Walking includes all of us as we move by foot and also covers movement with motorised mobility scooters and wheelchairs because users of those devices are classified as pedestrians.
We have particular expertise in applied and theoretical research and value industry engagement because we are passionate about working with our partners to deliver research outcomes for the real world.
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Current Research Activities
E-bikes and e-trikes have a potentially valuable role to play in urban logistics. This research is exploring Australian experience with these vehicles and the factors leading to the adoption of innovative technology by Australian logistics companies.
Bicycle Parking at Railway Stations
The provision of car parking at suburban and regional railway stations is a substantial cost for rail system operators. The provision of bicycle parking is very cost effective but there is limited knowledge of the factors influencing bicycle parking at stations. This research is exploring the relationship of a range of socio-demographic attributes, public transport service characteristics and road network characteristics to the usage of bicycle parking at stations.
Motorised mobility scooters
Users of motorised mobility scooters are technically classified as pedestrians but little is known of this growing transport mode. While traditionally viewed as a mobility option for older Australians, these vehicles are now being used by people vary widely in age and physical ability. This research seeks to better understand user characteristics, usage patterns and outcomes for the individual and the community.
Pedestrian Crowd Dynamic Modelling and Simulation
The number of severe incidents involving large pedestrian crowds has been increasing worldwide over the last decades. Tragedies like the 2010 Love Parade in Germany clearly show the need for improved management of such large gatherings. The causes for this increase are manifold: in different industrialized countries we see a strong tendency towards re-urbanization, there is an increased frequency of large gatherings that are either centrally organized (sport events) or not (Facebook parties, political rallies), etc. The management of these large flows requires a thorough understanding of crowd flow dynamics. Pedestrian flow theory is however, a very young research field, which has not received much attention. This multidisciplinary research aims to further theoretical development and understanding of crowd dynamics, while keeping a strong focus on the application perspectives in flows and crowd management and the design of crowd facilities.
Contact: Dr Meead Saberi
Past research activities
Safety implications of e-bikes
E-bikes are bicycles that are fitted with an electric motor to provide the rider with power-assistance. While e-bike use is growing around the world, there is still limited research directed at this mode of travel.
This study investigated the safety implications of e-bike use in Victoria, Australia, including perceptions of safety at various on-road and off-road locations along with the crash experiences of e-bike riders. The project was funded by the RACV Road Safety Research Fund.
Full report available at: RACV reports
Contact: Dr Marilyn Johnson