The lack of common usable design models for the design of geocell stabilized soils is mainly based on the small knowledge about the load transfer mechanism within a geocell system. To evaluate the load transfer mechanism within a geocell system, a new test device was constructed to evaluate the interaction between hoop stresses in the cell walls and passive earth resistance of single and multiple geocells. Based on the results of the radial load tests an analytical model was developed to describe the load transfer mechanism within a geocell system. The model was used to develop a common usable design model for serviceability and limited state analysis of geocell stabilized soils. Radial load tests, analytical model for load transfer mechanism with a geocell system and design model for serviceability analysis are described in the paper.