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Research Publications in journals:
Cycling Habits and Other Psychological Variables Affecting Commuting by Bicycle in Madrid, Spain
Year:2013
Research Areas
  • Engineering,
  • Transport
Information
Abstract
To develop effective cycling policies, decision makers and administrators should know the factors influencing the use of the bicycle for daily mobility. Traditional discrete choice models tend to be based on variables such as time and cost, which do not sufficiently explain the choice of the bicycle as a mode of transportation. Because psychological factors have been identified as particularly influential in the decision to commute by bicycle, this paper examines the perceptions of cycling factors and their influence on commuting by bicycle. Perceptions are measured by attitudes, other psychological variables, and habits. Statistical differences in the variables are established in relation to the choice of commuting mode and bicycle experience (commuter, sport?leisure, no use). Doing so enables the authors to identify the main barriers to commuting by bicycle and to make recommendations for cycling policies. Two underlying structures (factors) of the attitudinal variables are identified: direct benefits and long-term benefits. Three other factors are related to variables of difficulty: physical conditions, external facilities, and individual capacities. The effect of attitudes and other psychological variables on people?s decision to cycle to work?place of study is tested by using a logit model. In the case study of Madrid, Spain, the decision to cycle to work? place of study is heavily influenced by cycling habits (for noncommuting trips). Because bicycle commuting is not common, attitudes and other psychological variables play a less important role in the use of bikes.
International
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JCR
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Title
TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH RECORD
ISBN
0361-1981
Impact factor JCR
0,442
Impact info
Volume
10.3141/2382-01
Journal number
2382
From page
1
To page
9
Month
SIN MES
Ranking
0
Participants
  • Autor: Begoña Muñoz Lopez (UPM)
  • Autor: Andres Monzon De Caceres (UPM)
  • Autor: David Lois
Research Group, Departaments and Institutes related
  • Creador: Grupo de Investigación: Planificación del Transporte
  • Centro o Instituto I+D+i: Centro de Investigación del Transporte
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