Evaluations of high quality cycling routes

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This research aimed to gain insight into the extent in which policies regarding high-quality cycling routes are evidence-based through a critical analysis of evaluation practices. As evaluations can be very valuable to future policies, it is important to understand the current state of evaluation processes concerning high-quality cycling routes. Therefore, the following main question was formulated for this research: To what extent are high-quality cycling routes evaluated consistently and how has this evaluation practice informed cycling policies? Two qualitative case studies (Gelderland and Utrecht) were used to analyse the policymaking- and evaluation process and key stakeholders. Data was gathered from policy- and evaluation documents and semi-structured interviews. This study revealed that the influence of actors other than the provincial and municipal policymakers and political administrators was very limited. Both provinces use bicycle counts as (one of the) main form(s) of data gathering, but both provinces also use questionnaires for different purposes. Newly formed cycling policies are influenced by evaluations in several ways: firstly, evaluations can serve as a foundation or inspiration for new policies. Evaluations also serve as a justification for the Provincial Executive and the Provincial Council.
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