Assessing street network potential for active mobility
Part of the multimodal accessibility study in Rhein-Main agglomeration
Projektbezeichnung Assessing street network potential for active mobility
Projektinhalt The network of streets within an urban space showcase certain attributes which favour particular user-groups with their movement. Cyclists are a user-group which can transition from a pedestrian view-point of movement in space to a fast-moving group, often sharing the space with motorized vehicles in cities. Within the network of streets, there are certain routes which favour the cyclists with respect to least deviation of movement, and at the same time being the shortest route between an origin
and a destination point. The NACH measure within Space Syntax theory, assists in producing a more visual per- spective of routes having the potential of directness for cycling. Considering the nine urban areas in the selected cities forming the Rhein-Main urban agglomeration, the streets are mapped based on two perspectives i.e. small- scale and citywide scale. The citywide scale with 2.5-kilo- metre observation radius helps in understanding a larger network of streets. It showcases how the main network of potential cycling routes integrate on different scales for implementing long-term active mobility plans for a city.
For instance, the analysed maps through different Space Syntax attributes showcased higher potential of Main- kai street as a direct way for cycling and attracted more pedestrians (which was earlier dominated by car users). The research analysis via outcomes and recommenda- tions were presented to the city in 2020. One of the re- commendations included on-site intervention through the implementation of dedicated bicycle pathway (see Figure) which reflected Mainkai street’s potential for cycling (via NACH). The on-site frequency of user-groups supported the spatial analysis, and the installation of new cycle lanes in 2021 provided a pathway to meet the street’s po- tential for supporting both cyclists and car users.
  • Lakshya Pandit

Urban Design and Planning Unit (UDP)
Laufzeit 2019-2021
Förderung City of Frankfurt am Main