Cycle and Pedestrian Modelling
SYSTRA is an innovative market leader in the delivery of cycling and wider active mode projects, working with a diverse range of public and private sector clients. To support current policy priorities, SYSTRA provides appropriate and proportionate methods to appraise relevant active travel interventions cost-effectively at national, regional and local levels, by developing and applying:
- multi-modal models with active travel assignment for high-level (policy/strategy) appraisal
- active travel-specific assignment models for detailed (intervention) appraisal
- microsimulation for design and operational assessment of buildings and active mode/vehicle interaction points.
SYSTRA has successfully delivered active travel assignment and demand choice response within regional models providing active travel functionality with ready interface to on-the-shelf appraisal tools for the key city areas where significant investment is planned. Through the application of these models we have successfully developed and implemented a Propensity to Cycle Tool.
Using data generated by our research teams we have developed a Propensity to Cycle Tool which can be applied to all strategic demand models to reflect cycling behaviour change and target journey purposes and distances likely to be cyclable. The model can examine perceived cost changes to estimate future mode shares or a general shift in behaviour towards cycling, similar to that in countries with sustained investment.
SYSTRA developed TfL’s Cycling Network Model for London (Cynemon) which can be easily deployed for any network based on existing sources including Open Street Map and elevation data. This provides a network on to which infrastructure schemes can be overlaid and evaluated and utilises cycle demand data derived from a range of local sources. This toll provides localised and more robust predictions of cycle usage to aid the evaluation and business case development for cycle schemes.
We also provide extensive experience in understanding the impacts of active travel schemes on the wider road network using microsimulation tools e.g. Paramics, Vissim and Aimsun. These tools provide a visual representation of the operation and impact to assist decision makers.