Design of the First Bike Network in Nablus City

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حامد عربساوي
ملك زكارنة
احمد عابد
ايه حسين
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Cycling is a sustainable and environmentally friendly transportation mode that can decrease greenhouse gas emissions and reduce traffic congestion in the city. However, a lack of bicycle infrastructure is a great barrier to the promotion of cycling. Internationally, the best and most livable cities demonstrate a direct link between the quality of life and urban forms that promote walking and cycling as means of getting around. The main objective of the project is designing a bike network in Nablus city. This project is a simulation and continuation of a previous project, which was introduced by students of Civil Engineering at An-Najah National University. In this project, a dedicated bike network was designed in the city of Nablus located between An-Najah National University campuses and Nablus downtown. Engineering software was used for designing the network based on the classifications and AASHTO standards, also based on the data available from the previous project, and by conducting a field work related to data collection. Moreover, this study addressed the nature of the area in which the bike lanes was designed, in addition to the necessary maps, the topography of the city, and the nature of traffic congestion between the two university campuses. Most of this information was obtained from the municipality of Nablus. Adding cycling lanes to the city of Nablus is a way of improving mobility, reducing the carbon dioxide emission, cost effective, reducing congestion and facilitate movement for university students, and promoting a healthier lifestyle as well as ensuring the safety of cyclists. In order to achieve this, cycling should be accessible, safe, convenient, and enjoyable for all as part of an integrated and sustainable transport system.