Barcodes, virtual money, and Golden Wheels: The influence of Davis, CA schools’ bicycling encouragement programs

Efforts to encourage bicycling to school can achieve numerous societal benefits, including improved childhood health, reduced traffic congestion, and even long-term effects such as increased bicycling skill and attitudes. Most of the literature on children bicycling to school focuses on the influence of infrastructure interventions, yet relatively few studies have robustly evaluated the influence of encouragement efforts. This study seeks to examine the effects of three encouragement efforts undertaken at primary and secondary schools in Davis, California: the scanning program, the Monkey Money incentive system, and the national Bike-to-School Day celebration. The author uses a binomial regression to statistically analyze bicycle rack count data and Safe Routes to School classroom tallies collected by city employees and local volunteers. After accounting for the schools’ physical environment and characteristics, as well as the influence of weather and the natural environment, the author finds that all three of the encouragement efforts increase levels of bicycling to school. The author concludes by suggesting that these encouragement programs have the potential for lasting influence by providing children with the skills and confidence to bicycle later in life. The author also notes the value of further state support for the parent volunteers who operate these encouragement programs, in order to allow the spread of similar encouragement programs across a variety of cities, including disadvantaged communities.


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  • Accession Number: 01703129
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 26 2019 4:58PM