Understanding and Measuring Bicycling Behavior: A Focus on Travel Time and Route Choice

With rates of obesity, heart disease, and related health problems increasing in the U.S. , many policy makers are looking for ways to increase physical activity in everyday life. Using a bicycle instead of a motor vehicle for a portion of everyday travel could help address these problems. This research aims to fill a gap in the existing literature on the effect of different types of infrastructure, such as bicycle lanes or paths, on bicycling. The project used global positioning system (GPS) technology to record where a sample of 164 adults in the Portland, OR region rode their bicycles. Data were collected from March through November 2007. The participants in this study were primarily regular bicyclists who usually rode more than one day per week, year-round. This report uses those data to address the four primary sets of research questions: (1) How often, why, when, and where do cyclists ride? How does this vary based upon rider characteristics? (2) How do cyclists’ routes differ from the shortest network distance? (3) What factors influence cyclists’ route choice decisions? How do personal attributes influence these decisions? (4) What is the difference in travel time between bicycling and driving?

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  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This research was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation, University Transportation Centers Program.
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    Portland State University

    Center for Urban Studies, P.O. Box 751
    Portland, OR  USA  97207-0751

    Oregon Transportation Research and Education Consortium

    Portland State University, P.O. Box 751
    301A Engineering Building
    Portland, OR  USA  97207

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

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  • Authors:
    • Dill, Jennifer
    • Gliebe, John P
  • Publication Date: 2008-12

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Web
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Figures; Maps; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 73p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01122619
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: OTREC-RR-08-03
  • Files: UTC, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Feb 24 2009 3:09PM