Pedestrian and Bicycle Mobility in the Future Cities of the World: Between Adapting Infrastructure and Changing Behavior

A special issue of Infrastructures (ISSN 2412-3811).

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Dear Colleagues,

In many countries of the world, many cities are experiencing rapid development and transformation imposed by sustainable transport policies, which aim to reduce pollution caused by means of transport and also in a process of adaptation to climate change in this strategic sector.

The sharing of the road, the appearance of cycle paths, and large pedestrian areas constitute the rapid transformation that cities around the world are observing as part of their commitment to reduce CO2 emissions and fight global warming. Thus, personal transport equipment in their different forms requires cities to adapt infrastructure and regulatory texts to ensure the safety of road users (pedestrians, motorists, cyclists, etc.).

This Special Issue aims to analyze the mobility of pedestrians and bicycles in the future cities of the world and to highlight the best actions for the adaptation of urban infrastructures and the change of the behavior of populations.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

-Adaptation of transport and green mobility infrastructures.
-Temporary cycle paths.
-The relationship between urban planning and green mobility.
-Pedestrian and bicycle mobility.
-The contribution of green mobility to reducing pollution.
-The danger and requirements of personal transport equipment.
-Road safety and the adaptation of infrastructure.
-People's health and its relationship with pedestrian mobility and cycling.
-Experiences of cities around the world in the development of green mobility infrastructures.

Prof. Dr. Christopher Robin Bryant
Dr. Azzeddine Madani
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  • mobility
  • cycle paths
  • temporary cycle paths
  • pedestrians
  • bike
  • pollution
  • road
  • road safety
  • adaptation
  • road sharing
  • sustainable transport policies

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Analysis of MATSim Modeling of Road Infrastructure in Cyclists’ Choices in the Case of a Hilly Relief
by Younes Delhoum, Rachid Belaroussi, Francis Dupin and Mahdi Zargayouna
Infrastructures 2022, 7(9), 108; - 24 Aug 2022
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For too long, many refined transportation models have focused solely on private and public transportation, assuming that bicycles only require simple models, such as bird flight distance or trips on horizontal tracks at a constant speed. This paper aims to study the impact [...] Read more.
For too long, many refined transportation models have focused solely on private and public transportation, assuming that bicycles only require simple models, such as bird flight distance or trips on horizontal tracks at a constant speed. This paper aims to study the impact of the road characteristics, such as road gradient, type of road and pavement surface of the road, on cyclists’ behavior using dedicated modules of MATSim. For that, we compare two approaches: a standard approach which does not consider the road characteristics, and a second approach that uses MATSim bicycle extension of Ziemke et al. The two approaches are analyzed over a sub-regional area around a district, focusing on a suburban city with an undulating relief made of average-to-steep hills. The focus is on the bicycle transportation model because the catchment area has a particularly challenging altitude profile and a large variety of roads, whether in type—from residential to national highway—or in pavement surface due to the number of green areas, such as parks and forests. This area is defined as a rather large 7 × 12 km, including five suburban cities in the South of Paris, France. A synthetic population of 126,000 agents was generated at a regional scale, with chains of activity made of work, education, shopping, leisure, restaurant and kindergarten, with activity-time choice, location choice and modal choice. We wanted to know how accurately a standard model of bicycle travels can be made with a 2D flat Earth assumption by comparing it to an algorithm extension that explicitly considers road characteristics in cyclists’ route choices. Our finding is that the MATSim bicycle extension model impacts mainly the long trips. Otherwise, the differences are minimal between the two models in terms of travel time and travel distance. Full article
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