Green wave for cyclists: Users’ perception and preferences

Marco De Angelis, Arjan Stuiver, Federico Fraboni, Gabriele Prati, Víctor Marín Puchades, Filippo Fassina, Dick de Waard, Luca Pietrantoni

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Several innovative measures in traffic control applied in Europe have successfully improved the comfort and safety of cycling, among which is the green waves for cyclists. Consecutive traffic lights are synchronised to
create a green wave, increasing comfort and decreasing waiting times and related deliberate red-light running. This study focused on exploring the user acceptance of green wave systems and the user evaluation of six distinct
interface designs (i.e. numeric-based countdown, dot-based vertical countdown, dot-based clockwise countdown, LED line, LED road surface, on-bike speed indicator). Results indicate a preference for three systems: numeric-based countdown, LED line and LED road surface. Results also show a significant influence of nationality on the evaluation of the interfaces. Based on our findings, we argue that the numeric-based countdown represents the most promising option for future adaptive green wave implementations. The outcomes of the present study represent a useful evidence and guidance for researchers, designers and decision makers in the field of green waves, mobility and traffic safety.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)113-121
Number of pages9
JournalApplied Ergonomics
Early online date20-Dec-2018
Publication statusPublished - Apr-2019


  • green wave
  • Cycling

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