Not all prospective bicyclists are created equal: The role of attitudes, socio-demographics, and the built environment in bicycle commuting

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/11286/602300
Title:
Not all prospective bicyclists are created equal: The role of attitudes, socio-demographics, and the built environment in bicycle commuting
Authors:
Piatkowski, Daniel P.; Marshall, Wesley E.
Abstract:
Barriers to bicycling may vary widely depending on individual, attitudinal, and built environment characteristics; barriers may be modest for some (e.g. requiring secure bike parking) or significant for others (e.g. improving regional bicycle-accessibility). This research suggests that for a substantial population of travelers who are interested in bicycling but unwilling to cycle regularly, barriers to increasing commute cycling may be different than for individuals who already commute by bicycle at least occasionally. Treating these two populations as one homogenous group may be inappropriate and reduce the effectiveness of bicycle promotion strategies. This research disaggregates these two prospective commute-cyclist populations and tests how attitudes, socio-demographics, and the built environment impact their commute mode choice. Socio-demographic and attitudinal data are drawn from a survey of “Bike to Work Day” participants in Denver, Colorado while built environment measures – including street network connectivity, street network density, and trip distance – were calculated with GIS. Bicycle commuting decisions within the two groups of prospective cyclists are estimated using binary and ordered logistic regression. Distinct socio-demographic and built environment factors are significant for different groups of prospective cyclists. Significant attitudinal variables are similar across groups; for both populations, convenience and utility of the bicycle relative to other modes is significant, suggesting that these factors outweigh issues regarding safety for the sample population. Findings from this research demonstrate that there are important distinctions between the decision to start commuting by bicycle and the decision to increase the frequency of bicycling to work.
Affiliation:
Department of Urban Studies and Planning
Citation:
Piatkowski, D. P., & Marshall, W. E. (2015). Not all prospective bicyclists are created equal: The role of attitudes, socio-demographics, and the built environment in bicycle commuting. Travel Behaviour And Society, 2166-173. doi:10.1016/j.tbs.2015.02.001
Publisher:
Elsevier Ltd
Journal:
Travel Behaviour and Society
Issue Date:
Sep-2015
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/11286/602300
DOI:
10.1016/j.tbs.2015.02.001
Additional Links:
http://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S2214367X15000034
Type:
Article
Language:
en_US
ISSN:
2214367X
Appears in Collections:
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dc.contributor.authorPiatkowski, Daniel P.en
dc.contributor.authorMarshall, Wesley E.en
dc.date.accessioned2016-03-20T19:41:38Zen
dc.date.available2016-03-20T19:41:38Zen
dc.date.issued2015-09en
dc.identifier.citationPiatkowski, D. P., & Marshall, W. E. (2015). Not all prospective bicyclists are created equal: The role of attitudes, socio-demographics, and the built environment in bicycle commuting. Travel Behaviour And Society, 2166-173. doi:10.1016/j.tbs.2015.02.001en
dc.identifier.issn2214367Xen
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.tbs.2015.02.001en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11286/602300en
dc.description.abstractBarriers to bicycling may vary widely depending on individual, attitudinal, and built environment characteristics; barriers may be modest for some (e.g. requiring secure bike parking) or significant for others (e.g. improving regional bicycle-accessibility). This research suggests that for a substantial population of travelers who are interested in bicycling but unwilling to cycle regularly, barriers to increasing commute cycling may be different than for individuals who already commute by bicycle at least occasionally. Treating these two populations as one homogenous group may be inappropriate and reduce the effectiveness of bicycle promotion strategies. This research disaggregates these two prospective commute-cyclist populations and tests how attitudes, socio-demographics, and the built environment impact their commute mode choice. Socio-demographic and attitudinal data are drawn from a survey of “Bike to Work Day” participants in Denver, Colorado while built environment measures – including street network connectivity, street network density, and trip distance – were calculated with GIS. Bicycle commuting decisions within the two groups of prospective cyclists are estimated using binary and ordered logistic regression. Distinct socio-demographic and built environment factors are significant for different groups of prospective cyclists. Significant attitudinal variables are similar across groups; for both populations, convenience and utility of the bicycle relative to other modes is significant, suggesting that these factors outweigh issues regarding safety for the sample population. Findings from this research demonstrate that there are important distinctions between the decision to start commuting by bicycle and the decision to increase the frequency of bicycling to work.en
dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.publisherElsevier Ltden
dc.relation.urlhttp://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S2214367X15000034en
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to Travel Behaviour and Societyen
dc.subjectBicyclingen
dc.subjectBicycle Commutingen
dc.subjectCommutingen
dc.titleNot all prospective bicyclists are created equal: The role of attitudes, socio-demographics, and the built environment in bicycle commutingen_US
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Urban Studies and Planningen
dc.identifier.journalTravel Behaviour and Societyen
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