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Who is the typical bicyclist?

Gatersleben, BCM and Haddad, H (2010) Who is the typical bicyclist? Transportation Research, part F, 13 (1). 41 - 48. ISSN 1369-8478

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Promoting bicycling is important for individual health, environmental sustainability and transport demand management. However, very few people use a bicycle on a regular basis. This paper explores what views bicyclists and non-bicyclists in England may hold about the typical bicyclist and how such views are related to bicycling behaviour and intentions. A survey was conducted among 244 bicyclists and non-bicyclists. On the basis of a range of statements on behaviour, motivation and characteristics of the typical bicyclist, four different stereotypes could be distinguished: responsible, lifestyle, commuter and hippy-go-lucky. These views differed between bicyclists and non-bicyclists. Moreover, independent of past bicycling behaviour, reported intentions to use a bicycle in the future were positively related to perceptions of the typical bicyclist as a commuter or hippy-go-lucky bicyclist. These findings have implications for encouraging bicycling, which may benefit from promoting bicycling as a common day-to-day activity rather than something that is only relevant for a few.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences > Psychology
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Date : 2010
Identification Number : 10.1016/j.trf.2009.10.003
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Additional Information : This is an electronic version of an article published as Gatersleben BCM, Haddad H (2010). Who is the typical bicyclist? Transportation Research, part F 13(1):41-48. Available online at:
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Date Deposited : 02 Oct 2012 14:43
Last Modified : 09 Jun 2014 13:15

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