LAW AND REALITY. A STUDY OF MOTIVES CYCLISTS MENTIONED TO JUSTIFY THEIR BEHAVIOUR IN TRAFFIC

WET EN WERKELIJKHEID. ONDERZOEK NAAR MOTIEVEN EN RECHTVAARDIGINGEN DIE FIETSERS AANVOEREN VOOR BEWEERD VERKEERSGEDRAG

Some up-to-date and good reviews as well as a few studies on the probable cause of cyclists' ignorance of traffic rules have been published, in the hopes that growing evidence of bad attitudes towards bicycling safety would influence the willingness of cyclists to comply with the rules or to install mandatory provisions. The question is: are there indications confirming this supposition about bad practice? If so, will it influence the willingness to comply? Therefore a qualitative survey among 82 cyclists aged between nine and seventy-eight years of age was executed. People were encouraged to speak freely about their traffic experiences, traffic education, police enforcement, vandalism, thefts of bikes and the maintenance of their bikes. The analysis was executed in four steps. At first an inventory of items of deviating behaviour was composed. On the basis of the number of items of deviating behaviour and three specific arguments, given by the respondents themselves, the respondents were distributed into four classes or 'types' of cyclists, namely: the youthful, the independent, the grown-up and the decent cyclist. The third step was to select interview fragments referring to opinions, motives and justifications within each group on the basis of the following topics: traffic experience, perception of risk, vulnerability, police enforcement, vandalism and thefts of bikes. On the basis of these topics a description was given of the development process in traffic and influencing processes on willingness to comply with the rules. Finally concepts of all the motivations respondents gave were systematically classified. Referring to this classification a heuristic model was developed to visualize the way motivations interact with each other. The results of the investigation indicated that there was certain evidence of a negative attitude towards cycling safety which was influencing the willingness of cyclists to comply with the rules, especially young cyclists. (TRRL)

Language

  • Dutch

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 141 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00491572
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Institute for Road Safety Research, SWOV
  • Report/Paper Numbers: R-88-37
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 31 1990 12:00AM