U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20590
This infographic describes the three bicyclist design user profiles by stress tolerance. The first group has the lowest stress tolerance, the third group has the highest stress tolerance.
The largest group is labeled as "interested but concerned," comprising 51 percent to 56 percent of the total population. These people ar described as often not comfortable with bike lanes, and may bike on sidewalks even if bike lanes are provided. They prefer off-street or separated bicycle facilities, quiet, or traffic-calmed residential roads. They may not bike at all if the bicycle facilities do not meet needs for perceived comfort.
The second group is labeled "somewhat confident" and comprises 5 percent to 9 percent of the total population. Generally, these individuals prefer more separated facilities, but they are comfortable riding in bicycle lanes or on paved shoulders if need be.
The third group is labeled "highly confident," and these individuals comprise 4 percent to 7 percent of the total population. They are comfortable riding with traffic and will use roads without bike lanes.