Isfahan, Iran is located on the main north–south and east–west routes crossing Iran. It is the 3rd largest city with a population of 2 million inhabitants. It is located at the foothills of the Zagros mountain range. The city enjoys a temperate climate with regular seasons. The city is flat with a seasonal river running thought the city. From the 1990s till the day, cycling modal share in Isfahan had been continuously decreasing. However, the city’s recent activities regarding cycling, especially the bike-hire scheme, are starting to reverse the trend. The existing bicycle sharing systems could be a catalyst for change and improve the infrastructure and amount of people cycling. Nevertheless, the cultural barrier for females to cycle could be a major setback for increasing the volume of cycling mobility. Limiting cycling activities to only half of the population would only produce a limited modal share.
The city should reconsider the distribution of spaces between motorized traffic and non-motorized mobility and prioritize the latter. Furhtermore, strengthening the software and orgware competencies by including cycling in the master plan, allocating more funds for bicycle facilities, and having a dedicated manager, are necessary components and would act as a foundation for bicycle related decisions.
Modal split of cycling: 3%
Average length of trips made within the city: less than 2.5km
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