What is Level of Traffic Stress (LTS)?
This table summarizes LTS in terms of the cyclist type that would be comfortable on certain levels and the characteristics of those levels. Generally, as the colors indicate, the higher the LTS, the more dangerous or the greater the perceived danger, and the more confident the cyclist needs to feel on their bike to consider riding on that type of road.
LTS is a road classification scheme based on the estimated comfort of bicyclists in the traffic stream. DVRPC's LTS assignment is based on the number of lanes, effective vehicle speed, and the presence and type of bicycle facility on the road segment.
A few surveys have shown that the Interested but Concerned group is the largest, and therefore, a lot of bicycle infrastructure planning is done with them in mind.Sources: Lowry et al, Dill and McNeil
|Interested, but Concerned
|Enthused and Confident
|Strong and Fearless