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Type and cross sections of cycle routes in Spain

Diego Sanz Abella
Civil Engineer, Channels and Ports (46014 Valencia)

Raul Rua Cerveró
Ingeniero Técnico de Obras Públicas

Selma Francisco Mendoza
Civil Engineer, Channels and Ports (46006 Valencia)

Miguel Angel Salvador Carrera HuesoCivil Engineer, Channels and Ports.
Associate Professor at the University
Polytechnic University of Valencia (ETSICCP).

The use of bicycles as means of transport in Spain has increased significantly in the last decade. However, there is a lack of common rules applicable to the design of cycle routes in the country until 2009. Only in the Community of Madrid, Catalonia and the province of Guipuzcoa manuals and / or recommendations specific design of this type of infrastructure there.

For the realization of this article have been analyzed in depth the aforementioned publications, along with the Manual of recommendations bike path, published by the Directorate General of Traffic.

It has made a comparison of various key aspects of cycle paths. First, the type of users who use this type of infrastructure, describing the characteristics and needs of these is studied. This analysis is drawn to the existence of eight different types of users based on classification criteria.

The second of the analyzed aspects has been the different types of bike paths used in Spain. At this point the different denominations that receive these road infrastructure according to their geometrical characteristics, describing the advantages and disadvantages presented, with particular emphasis on their cross sections are presented. Eight are the types of bike paths that are contemplated in the design recommendations existing to date in Spain.

Keywords: Via cyclist, User, Bicycle, Bicycle lane, Pedestrian traffic, Motor traffic, Segregation, Cross-section.

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