Matthew Bruno
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Bicycle streets are a type of transportation innovation in which a road is designated to prioritize bicycle traffic over automobile traffic. They typically include design elements that encourage low speeds and low traffic volumes. They have been implemented in Europe in order to promote multimodal travel and to make bicycle travel more accessible, even in locations in which it is not possible to physically separate automobiles and bicycles.

A paper from a researcher at Utrecht University in the Netherlands examined implementations of bicycle streets, using them to understand more broadly how collaborative governance processes in transportation planning may fail to support the groups they are intended to benefit. It analyzed different implementations of bicycle streets, focusing on a bicycle street in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, which ultimately resulted in mixed success. This analysis included the development of a number of lessons learned regarding best practices for implementation, which apply to a wide variety of public initiatives beyond the specific example of the bicycle street.

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Transportation Research Interdisciplinary Perspectives
Volume 7, September 2020
The challenge of the bicycle street: Applying collaborative governance
processes while protecting user centered innovations
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