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Cycling in Warsaw, Poland - perceived enablers and barriers according to cyclists and non-cyclists

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Title: Cycling in Warsaw, Poland - perceived enablers and barriers according to cyclists and non-cyclists
Authors: Iwinska, K
Blicharska, M
Pierotti, L
Tainio, M
De Nazelle, A
Item Type: Journal Article
Abstract: Cycling in urban environments provides many benefits to people. However, planning of cycling infrastructures in large cities faces numerous challenges and requires better understanding of both the factors enabling cycling as well as barriers to it, determined by particular local context. While there is a growing body of research that tackle the bike transport related questions in Western Europe and the USA, there is relatively little research on that in Central Eastern Europe (CEE), in post-communist countries. In this study we used qualitative and quantitative methods to explore urban cyclists and non-cyclists opinions about the cycling, the perceived problems and obstacles, and perception of the on-going changes in bicycle transportation system in Warsaw, Poland. Although many people see potential advantages of cycling, it is mostly perceived as a leisure time activity. Those who do utilitarian cycling are more acutely aware of the benefits, such as rapidity and flexibility of this mean of transport. The main perceived barriers are linked to lack of good cycling infrastructure in the city, the feeling of insecurity linked to the behaviour of drivers, and to maintenance during winter. In conclusion, our research highlights both the opportunities and challenges linked to the development of improved cycle transportation system, suggesting the need for a range of policies, from the infrastructure improvements and comprehensive planning of the whole transportation system, to improving the driving culture that would support feeling of security of the cyclists.
Issue Date: 1-Jul-2018
Date of Acceptance: 18-Apr-2018
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10044/1/61560
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tra.2018.04.014
ISSN: 0965-8564
Publisher: Elsevier
Start Page: 291
End Page: 301
Journal / Book Title: Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice
Volume: 113
Copyright Statement: © 2018 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/BY/4.0/)
Keywords: Social Sciences
Science & Technology
Transportation Science & Technology
Business & Economics
Active transport
Barriers to cycling
Urban cycling
Cyclist perception
Infrastructural changes in the city
1205 Urban And Regional Planning
1507 Transportation And Freight Services
Logistics & Transportation
Publication Status: Published
Online Publication Date: 2018-05-03
Appears in Collections:Centre for Environmental Policy
Faculty of Natural Sciences