THE EFFECTS OF SEASONAL AND DAILY WEATHER CONDITIONS ON BICYCLE USE AND MODE SUBSTITUTION

The re-discovery of the bicycle as a mode of local transportation points to the fact that basic research on bicycle traffic has been neglected for a long time. Though data are available on the relationship between seasonal weather conditions there are only few criteria known on the relations between the daily weather situation, the use of bicycles, and the alternative use of other modes of transportation. The result is of great interest as one of the essential reasons for not using the bicycle in local traffic is supposed to be the uncertainty about the daily weather. Some experts point out the risk of crowding public conveyance in bad weather if bicycle traffic is promoted too much in the planning. To find an answer to these problems long-term investigations have been carried on in two different areas with extreme weather situations of continental climate (temperatures varying between -20 deg C and +35 deg C with periods of rain, thunderstorms, and snow). In two studies the use of substitute transportation in bad weather was investigated at the same time. It appeared that--in addition to relatively small seasonal variations--there were comparatively great differences in the use of bicycles as dependent on the daily weather. (Author/TRRL)

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  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 229-238

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00382862
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • ISBN: 0-86050-112-4
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Volume P240
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: May 30 1984 12:00AM