Cyclists rarely choose the shortest route but the one that feels shortest’ says new study – GCN

May 23, 2024

Cyclists prioritise safety and convenience, even if it means riding further, according to new research that hopes to improve analysis of cycling route planning and influence policymaking.

A new paper by Miroslawa Lukawska of the Technical University of Denmark showcases a review of 33 prior studies from a variety of countries that use GPS data and statistical modelling to examine route choice behaviour of cyclists on utilitarian trips.

“The results of bicycle route choice studies suggest that cyclists rarely choose the shortest route but rather the route which feels the shortest,” reads the conclusion. “This feeling reflects a perception of a continuous ride, with a minimum of interruptions on the main corridors, such as sharp turns and intersections where cyclists have to wait.” GCN