In a 1993 report, the Automobile Association (AA) found that almost all British drivers have learned to cycle at some time during their lives. That report shows how to establish and reinforce a shift from car to bicycle; encourage drivers to buy a bicycle, then develop the habit of cycling. In a paper in May 1999, the AA re-analysed their 1993 data, to obtain a tree diagram, summarising the responses of 1000 motorists to cycling. This article reports on this work and two relevant reports by the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL). It reproduces the tree diagram, and finds from its data that some motorists are attracted to leisure cycling and/or to utility cycling. Encouraging utility cycling is a key to achieving an integrated transport policy. Both the TRL reports go to the heart of the choices and decisions involved. Most leisure cyclists cycle because it is healthy or relaxing, and provides access to fresh air, but there is at present little incentive for them to become utility cyclists. To most of them, the main disincentive is danger from vehicle traffic. Much more research is needed on how best to provide facilities for cyclists. If the Government is to meet its target for rapidly increasing cycle trips, it needs targeted investment, more information about how to stimulate demand, and a direct approach to car drivers.

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    Hemming Group, Limited

    32 Vauxhall Bridge Road
    London,   United Kingdom  SW1V 2SS
  • Authors:
    • LAWSON, S
  • Publication Date: 2000-2-17


  • English

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 12
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 187
    • Issue Number: 5569
    • Publisher: Hemming Group, Limited
    • ISSN: 0039-6303

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00790471
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Apr 11 2000 12:00AM