Good roads more important than shortest route
The research conducted by the Dutch Royal HaskoningDHV and TU Eindhoven, asked 728 people to make a choice between different routes that were described by travel time and route-comfort aspects. The aim of the research is to improve traffic models, in which the bicycle until now only plays a modest role.
The research shows that the type of cycle, the surface quality and dodging slopes on the route has more influence on route choice of cyclists than shortening the journey time by four minutes. It also appears that the presence of a bicycle facility is found much more important by e-cyclists than by ordinary cyclists and that the importance of the quality of road surface becomes larger with increasing trip distance.
Furthermore, it was shown that the influence of travel time reduction is greater for commuting cyclists than for a destination with recreational purposes. In addition, a modal choice-experiment shows that route comfort has a positive influence on the decision to prefer cycling.