What do cyclists want?

A recent study from the University of Auckland examined cyclists’ perceptions of policies that might encourage more cycling in New Zealand. The researchers used an online survey to quiz cyclists who had participated in the 2006 Lake Taupo Challenge, a mass participation event and received a response from 43% of the 5600 participants.

Respondents were typically middle-aged, many more males than females, non-Maori, and were university educated. Most cycled at least twice a week, and just under a third cycled to work at least once per week.

When asked what might help or hinder their cycling, the most common replies about motivators were better bike lanes and bike paths, bike security at work, and decreasing car speed. They said commuting would be encouraged by savings on petrol costs; making it more difficult for cars (making it easier for cycles to share the road); having a shower available at work; and better road infrastructure and intersections.
The full article is available on open access: Cyclists’ attitudes towards policies encouraging bicycle travel… (PDF 143kb)

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