Combining Intercept Surveys and Self-Completion Questionnaire to Understand Cyclist Use of Off-Road Paths

A survey of the cyclists using off-road paths in Melbourne, Australia, was undertaken in April 2006. This involved undertaking a tally count, intercepting cyclists to ask them three brief questions and then handing them a reply-paid self-completion questionnaire. To minimize interviewer bias affecting the results, systematic sampling was employed. Over the three hour duration of the survey (7 AM to 10 AM) a total of 4342 cyclists were observed in the tally count. Intercept interviews were successfully completed with 14.2 per cent of those riders (a one in 7 sample), slightly short of the one in four sampling target. A 77 per cent response rate was achieved on the self-completion mail-back questionnaire. The 73%/27% male/female distribution in the returned questionnaires exactly matched the gender distribution observed in the tally count. Analysis of the questionnaire survey data highlighted that the vast majority of trips (85 per cent) were for commuting to work with recreational use accounting for approximately an order of magnitude less (8 per cent of all trips). On average cyclists spent over 50 per cent of their riding time on off-road facilities. If the off-road facilities were not available, approximately one in five (20 per cent) of riders would change modes. A slight majority (60 per cent) of those would turn to public transport as opposed to the car to complete their trip. These results highlight the role which bicycle facilities play in moderating demand for motorized transport options particularly during the peak commuting period.


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  • Media Type: CD-ROM
  • Features: Figures; Maps; References;
  • Pagination: 19p
  • Monograph Title: TRB 86th Annual Meeting Compendium of Papers CD-ROM

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  • Accession Number: 01044118
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 07-1303
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Feb 8 2007 5:54PM