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Mixed traffic in Chinese cities : bicycle and the intersection problems

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Mixed traffic in Chinese cities : bicycle and the intersection problems

Zhu, Yi (2000) Mixed traffic in Chinese cities : bicycle and the intersection problems. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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The mixed traffic (the traffic made up of bicycles and automobiles) is widely spread in Chinese cities. It is also greatly responsible for major traffic problems, such as the conflicts, low efficiency and safety problems. These problems are most evident at street intersections. However, they have never been investigated in Chinese cities. Therefore, it is the mixed traffic at intersections that requires detailed study. To predict types of transportation mode in Chinese cities, an investigation in Shanghai was performed. It is found that within a certain distance range, cycling is more efficient than other modes and it will still remain in future urban traffic system of China. Then, mixed traffic would require a new strategy of management. The mixed traffic conflict situation was studied in two major intersections of Chinese cities by analyzing digital video. The research showed that for constant number of automobile, the crossing time for mixed traffic increases with number of bicycles following a logarithmic equation. The crossing time of the mixed traffics with constant number of bicycle increases with number of automobiles following an exponential equation. The suggestions of traffic management strategies and intersection design are presented. It is anticipated that the new management strategies that consider severely the bicycle component can decrease the traffic impact on environment.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science > Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Zhu, Yi
Pagination:x, 142 leaves : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:Theses (M.A.Sc.)
Program:Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Date:2000
Thesis Supervisor(s):Zlektorowicz, Maria
ID Code:1239
Deposited By:Concordia University Libraries
Deposited On:27 Aug 2009 13:17
Last Modified:08 Dec 2010 10:19
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