Modelling the determinants of cyclists' behaviour and perception of safety

Adelusi, Adesina (2014) Modelling the determinants of cyclists' behaviour and perception of safety. BEng dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    The efforts being made at promoting cycling is mostly aimed at reducing automobile dependency. This always remains a good course until safety becomes a real issue of discussion. Although cycle mode share has been very low in the United Kingdom, according to reports there has been a steady increase in the use of pedal cycle in recent years. Interestingly, this increase in use of the bicycle has been found to also increase casualty rates. There is no doubt about the obvious benefits that cycling offers but safety concerns was found to be a major barrier.
    This research critically explores cyclists’ behaviour and perception of safety. An understanding of this could prove vital for policy makers and planners in creating a safer environment for cyclists, where accidents are well reduced due to good cycle infrastructure design. The research was carried out mostly using the quantitative method. A total of (N=141) cyclists responded to the survey questionnaire containing 19 questions aimed at exploring cyclists’ behaviour and perception of safety. The data collected were analysed using non-parametric statistics method.
    Findings show that cyclists perceive Portsmouth as an averagely safe cycling environment. Their opinions suggest that more needs to be done to make Portsmouth safe for cycling. Interestingly, the use of safety accessories among adult cyclists was found not to prevent them from having accidents, which was in line with a recent study conducted at the University of Bath.
    Generally, being a victim of personal crime or accident was found not to have discouraged the cyclists from cycling but concerns about safety still persist.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Technology > School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2015 15:02
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:47

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