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An investigation of behaviour and attitudes relevant to the user safety of pedestrian/cyclist shared paths.
Many jurisdictions worldwide have policies encouraging cycling and walking for their
environmental, health, economic and social benefits. For these policies to be effective, transport systems must accommodate both cyclists and walkers safely, and comfortably.
Shared paths are frequently used to achieve the often-called-for separation of cyclists from motorised traffic within built-up cities where room for a separate cycleway is impractical and/or prohibitively expensive. Such separation is thought to be safer for cyclists. However, there are concerns about mixing vulnerable user groups travelling at very different speeds in a fairly unregulated environment.
Little is known about pedestrian and cyclist behaviour on shared paths or about the impacts of conflict-minimisation policies (e.g. lane-centre marking).