Primary Rules On The Way To Primary Schools

An assessment on the role of car speed reduction policy on creating a subjectively safe and encouraging environment for cyclists in the school zones

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With an increase in interest in putting people on bikes instead of driving vehicles for day-to-day transport, new regulations are being implemented to make roadways safer for cyclists while also encouraging cycling behavior among various segments of the population. The perception of safety has been proven to play a significant role in the decision to adopt active forms of transportation. The significance of this feeling is underlined even more when it comes to vulnerable road users, in this case, cycling children. This study seeks to provide a better knowledge of the road conditions that increase the perception of road safety in order to establish a safe and encouraging cycling environment for adolescents cycling to school. The preferences of different categories of the population toward various measures are explored using the stated preferences experiment. Furthermore, with the adoption of the new lowering of the speed limit policy, the attitude toward a growth in the usage of bicycles is done. According to the findings of this study, different sectors of the public have distinct perceptions and preferences toward the numerous aspects shown on the highways. The presence of separated bike lanes, a speed restriction of 30 km/h, and a priority for crossing rule for cyclists are discovered to be components that all groups in the sample strongly prefer. Parking on the country road is limited to the groupings of parents and road designers. Finally, the presence of speed displays is discovered to be negligible for all subgroups in the sample population as a measure that has no influence on making roads safer for children to cycle on. Furthermore, it has been discovered that parents who bring their children to schools that
are now located near unsafe GOW50 roads have a more positive attitude toward cycling following the implementation of the speed limit policy. More aspects that were discussed in the GOW30 debate could be included in a future study to gain a better understanding of the impact of the various elements on providing a safe cycling environment for children. Furthermore, a recommendation is made to examine the behavior of parents in other locations that are also in close proximity to hazardous GOW50 roads and to incorporate the features of other respondents in order to corroborate the findings of this study.