WP1: Cycling behaviour and its preconditions

Coordinated by Thomas Sick Nielsen, KU.

This WP will be based on data from the National Travel Survey for analysis of cycling in the adult Danish population and its regional variations; supplemented with primary quantitative and qualitative data for in-depth analysis of lifestyles, motives and criticalities associated with cycling. The WP consists of three subprojects of which one will be carried out by a PhD-student.

WP1.1 Cycling in the adult Danish population will employ National Travel Survey data (includes transportation behaviour and socio-demographic variables) combined with geographical data (e.g. objective measures of accessibility and urban form) to analyse cycling in Denmark: its regional variations and cycling interaction patterns and thus provide a nationally representative base for assessment of cycling responses to changes in the urban environment (information required in WP2 and WP3) as well as a base for choice and assessment of intervention cases (WP4). WP1.2 The role of cycling in mobility styles and lifestyles will strengthen our understanding of preconditions for cycling by including attitudinal and lifestyle factors, and more specific barriers and constraints in the analysis, and allow cycling to be analysed in the context of a wider ‘mobility style’, where different travel modes are used in combination. Primary survey data will be collected by means of questionnaire to 4000 individuals representative of the adult Danish population). Potential interventions to promote cycling will be identified in cooperation with WP1.3 and included in the questionnaire for assessment and comparison with bike-ability parameters. WP1.3 Motives for and experiences with cycling approaches cycling from a qualitative and ethnographic perspective investigating the practice of cycling, as well as motives and dominating lifestyle barriers. The project investigates the linkage between cycling, motives and lifestyle stressing especially less tangible factors a self-image, perceived ability, social norms, status of cycling, public performance etc. The methodology will be based on semi-structured in-depth interviews (30 individuals) and focus group interviews (30 participating individuals). The analysis will also outline how different life style groups practice cycling and respond to cycling promotion. By sketching out limitations for cycling promotion this WP will furthermore contribute to new orientations for cycling promotion strategies.