Cycling Behavior Spectrum

A classification system for understanding bicyclist behavior and its implications for bikeway design and safety. Developed by Dan Gutierrez. There are three types of bicyclist behavior: pedestrian behavior; edge behavior; driver behavior. See Section 2 of the Understanding Bicycle Transportation presentation for more information.


Published by

Keri Caffrey

Co-founder, CyclingSavvy Executive Director, American Bicycling Education Association Through two decades of bicycling, I observed many close calls and conflicts as an individual transportation cyclist as well as a recreational group rider. Studying the behavior of both cyclists and motorists, I became convinced that the greatest challenge facing American bicycling is lack of education, coupled with the destructive belief system Americans have developed about our roads. It has become my mission to correct this problem and empower individual bicyclists to ride with the confidence and skills to reach any destination by bike. I believe we can transform our traffic culture, through education and social marketing, into one which recognizes that roads are for all people, not just the ones driving cars.