Promotion of bicycle use is one of the important policies for environment friendly urban transport. Improvement of cycling Level-Of-Service (LOS) on streets is considered to be an important part of this policy. The aim of this study is to develop a measuring system for the evaluation of level-of-service for bicycles by monitoring cycling behavior using Probe Bicycle System. The Probe Bicycle developed in this study can automatically measure and record position, 3-axis acceleration, speed, and pedaling power by electric sensor and GPS. By employing experiments of measuring perception of cyclists behaviors and their perception towards the conditions on various streets, the relationship between perception and behavior is analyzed. As a result, the author developed the level-of-service index using level of vertical vibration, average speed, variance of speed and average of pedaling power.
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Hideo Yamanaka and Susumu Namerikawa
University of Tokushima (Japan)
Peter Midgley, gTKP