Cycling habits and other psychological variables affecting commuting by bicycle in city of Madrid

Muñoz López, Begoña and Monzón de Cáceres, Andrés and Lois, David (2013). Cycling habits and other psychological variables affecting commuting by bicycle in city of Madrid. In: "TRB 2013: 92th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board", 13/01/2013 - 17/01/2013, Washington DC, Estados Unidos. ISBN 9780309286985. pp. 1-13.

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Title: Cycling habits and other psychological variables affecting commuting by bicycle in city of Madrid
Author/s:
  • Muñoz López, Begoña
  • Monzón de Cáceres, Andrés
  • Lois, David
Item Type: Presentation at Congress or Conference (Article)
Event Title: TRB 2013: 92th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board
Event Dates: 13/01/2013 - 17/01/2013
Event Location: Washington DC, Estados Unidos
Title of Book: Transportation Research Board 92th Annual Meeting compendium of papers
Date: 2013
ISBN: 9780309286985
Subjects:
Freetext Keywords: Attitudes; Bicycle commuting; Logits; Policy making; Psychological aspects; Social factors
Faculty: Centro de Investigación del Transporte (TRANSyT) (UPM)
Department: Otro
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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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.

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Item ID: 29675
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/29675/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:29675
Official URL: http://www.trb.org/AnnualMeeting2013/AnnualMeeting2013.aspx
Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 06 May 2015 16:13
Last Modified: 06 May 2015 16:13
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