In order to make cycling safer and more attractive, cycle streets have been established in many cities around the world, where bicycle traffic has priority over motorized traffic. To date, however, there are no generally applicable guidelines for the design of cycle streets. How different street designs are perceived individually is hardly known. And yet, positive evaluations of safety and attractiveness are central to a pleasant experience of public space.

Hannah Müggenburg, Andreas Blitz and Martin Lanzendorf from the Mobility Research Group at the Goethe University Frankfurt have investigated this individual perception within the framework of LOEWE IDG/project-mo.de on the basis of three designs for bicycle lanes: “conventional”, “flow” and “shared space”. Visualizations of these designs, developed by designers from the HfG Offenbach University of Art and Design, were included in the questionnaire of an extensive household survey in Offenbach. Participants were asked to rate the different designs in terms of safety, clarity, attractiveness and driving pleasure.

The results have just been published in the journal “Case Studies on Transport Policy”. With this new study, the Mobility Research Group led by Prof. Dr. Martin Lanzendorf is continuing a series of studies on cycling based on the household survey in Offenbach as part of LOEWE IDG/project-mo.de.