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Characteristics of the optimal bike staircase:

Slope: 17°;
Ratio steps (depth/height): 1:3.3;
VeloComfort®-system installed;
Center distance of gutters to wall: 35cm;
Steps installed with anti-slip;
High-visibility yellow stair nosings.

Tips and Tricks

The ideal stair width and the optimum number of bicycle gutters depend on the intensity of use of the stairs, the length of the stairs and the user group. To achieve the optimal design of your staircase, please contact Bicyclegutter.com

Most cyclists prefer to walk up and down stairs with the bike on their right-hand side. The steeper the stairs, the more risky the descent. Many people find it scary to descend a steep staircase with a bike. Meanwhile climbing steep staircases with a bike is seen as a very difficult task. 

If there is only enough budget for the purchase of one bicycle channel, our advise is to facilitate the downward movements first. This means that the bicycle channel – seen from the top of the stairs – should be placed on the right, so that the cyclists can guide their bikes on their preferred right-hand side.

Cyclists are increasingly using e-bikes – with auxiliary assistance.  These bikes provide support for movements up stairs, but do not during downward movements. Another reason to solve the problem with movements down stairs first.

Many cycle staircases around stations are designed on the basis of a ratio of 1:5. This ratio is perceived as annoying by many users. After all, a steep staircase is annoying, but a staircase with only a slight incline can also be considered very uncomfortable and tiring. Moreover, inclines that are too shallow make the staircase unnecessarily long.

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