Category Archives: vehicles

Parameters (3) vehicle type

So far I have discussed the concept of fundamental parameters in highway geometric design (for example, here) and the fundamental parameter “road type“. This post covers the fundamental parameter “vehicle type“. Vehicle type relates directly to design vehicles – the … Continue reading

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NMT and a new transport user hierarchy

Not exactly new …. In a previous post (here) I wrote: Non-motorised transport (NMT) is as much a part of road transport systems in countries such as the UK and Holland as it is  in countries such as Uganda and … Continue reading

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NMT in developing and developed countries

There is a page on the Internet (here) which lists different modes of transport, grouped under the headings of: Intermediate Means of Transport (IMT) Non-Motorised Transport Modes (NMT) The two lists partly contain the same modes, so they could be … Continue reading

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Bicycling 5 / 5: Roundabouts

Image taken from video clip on “a view from the cycle path” blog Conventional roundabouts are not considered safe for cyclists. For example in the UK,  chapter 8 of Nottinghamshire CC’s Cycling Design Guide 2006 (ref. 1909) says on the … Continue reading

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Bicycling 4 / 5: Bicycles – tomorrow’s HGV’s ?

A document was recently published which discusses the “potential for shifting goods transport from cars to bicycles in European cities” (ref. 1900). It is the result of research partly funded by the Intelligent Energy Europe programme of the European Union. … Continue reading

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Bicycling 3 / 5: Cycle lane widths

Here is the short version of one method for calculating what the width of a cycle lane should be.

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Bicycling 2 / 5: Classification of bikes

Nutzrad.de is a one-man operated web catalog with details on work bikes, for example cargo bikes, child transport bikes, sales and advertising bikes, rickshaws and others. To date the website has details on 563 work bikes from 171 different manufacturers … Continue reading

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Bicycling 1 / 5: Bikes as goods vehicles

Germany’s “Der Spiegel” has an article (see here) which is on the 2014 IAA commercial vehicles exhibition currently taking place in Hannover. The surprise is that the article has nothing to do with commercial trucks and everything to do with … Continue reading

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How long is a car?

Transport facilities such as roads and car parks have to be designed for the vehicles that will use them. For example, the length of a car parking space depends on how long a typical car is. The problem then becomes … Continue reading

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Classification of pedestrians (1)

I used to think  that pedestrians were – well, pedestrians. Once you had the typical dimensions and walking speed for an adult person, that was all you needed. However, when you start taking a closer look  things (as always) become more complex.

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