Dr Rachel Aldred publishes research calling for more cycle tracks to fight London bus delays
Transport and Logistics 18 September 2017
The research was co-authored between Dr Aldred, Phil Jones and Luke Best, and was supported by The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport as well as Transport for London.
The study particularly focused on buses and cycles travelling northbound on the shared bus lane across London Bridge in the morning rush hour and revealed that buses travelling at 20 mph experienced an 18 per cent increase in journey time compared to if there were no cyclists present.
Dr Aldred and her co-researchers found out that mostly the causes of delay on the bridge involved buses waiting behind a cyclist, before stopping at a bus stop. The findings showed that more dedicated cycle tracks would keep buses running to time and prevent delays.
Dr Aldred said: “Our model shows cyclists in shared bus lanes can already cause significant delays to buses. These delays are likely to become even longer if London’s cycling demographic becomes more diverse, because cyclist speeds will decline. So providing separate cycle tracks can benefit both cyclists and bus passengers. Rather than setting cyclists against buses, we can prioritise both as sustainable modes of transport, compared to private cars which are an inefficient use of city space.”
About the University of Westminster:
The University of Westminster boasts a vibrant learning environment attracting more than 20,000 students from over 150 nations and we continue to invest in our future with new developments, research projects and new ideas.
We offer highly attractive practice-based courses that are independently rated as excellent, many with international recognition. Our distinguished 175-year history has meant we lead the way in many areas of research, particularly politics, media, art and design, architecture and biomedical sciences, and our position in the city of London allows us to continue to build on our close connections with leading figures and organisations in these areas as well as in the worlds of business, information technology, politics and law.
Our commitment to educating graduates for the needs of professional life attracts high quality students from within the UK and around the globe.
Internationalisation, employability and sustainability are key elements in the University of Westminster’s vision for the future and we strive to ensure the very highest standards are met and maintained.