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Influences on bicycle use

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A stated preference experiment was performed in Edmonton in Canada to both examine the nature of various influences on bicycle use and obtain ratios among parameter values to be used in the development of a larger simulation of household travel behaviour. A total of 1128 questionnaires were completed and returned by current cyclists. Each questionnaire presented a pair of possible bicycle use alternatives and asked which was preferred for travel to a hypothetical all-day meeting or gathering (business or social). Alternatives were described by specifying the amounts of time spent on three different types of cycling facility and whether or not showers and/or secure bicycle parking were available at the destination. Indications of socio-economic character and levels of experience and comfort regarding cycling were also collected. The observations thus obtained were used to estimate the parameter values for a range of different utility functions in logit models representing this choice behaviour. The results indicate, among other things, that time spent cycling in mixed traffic is more onerous than time spent cycling on bike lanes or bike paths; that secure parking is more important than showers at the destination; and that cycling times on roadways tend to become less onerous as level of experience increases. Some of these results are novel and others are consistent with findings regarding bicycle use in work done by others, which is seen to add credence to this work. A review of previous findings concerning influences on cycling behaviour is also included.

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Alan Brownlee, Bob Strynadka and Rhonda Toohey of the City of Edmonton provided valuable assistance in the collection and preparation of the data and along with Peter Heppleston of the City of Edmonton offered helpful suggestions on how to improve the work. The cooperation of those cyclists who completed the survey form was an essential component of the work, for which the authors are very thankful. The City of Edmonton provided financial support for the data collection and analysis work reported here. The Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada also provided financial support for the preparation of this paper.

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Hunt, J.D., Abraham, J.E. Influences on bicycle use. Transportation 34, 453–470 (2007). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11116-006-9109-1

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