Evaluation of an Alternative Transport Initiative in Perth, Western Australia, 2000-2004

This study considered strategies to incorporate alternative transportation options in Perth, Western Australia, an area with the highest proportion of per capita car ownership in Australia. The authors state that, despite the various health, environmental and traffic-related benefits, the use of alternative forms of transportation such as walking, cycling and public transport is low. The Department for Planning and Infrastructure's (DPI) Cycling Unit conducts an annual Bike to Work Breakfast to promote bicycling as a viable form of transport to work. During this event a short cross sectional survey is distributed to assess the usual cycling behaviors of attendees. The authors report the results from the 2004 survey which indicated that the majority of respondents cycled at least 2-3 times per week (85%). Reasons given for bicycling include: to improve fitness (88%), for enjoyment (70%), and because it was a cost effective means of transport (45%). Most of the respondents (92%) supported the need for more bicycle friendly infrastructure such as advanced stop lines at intersections and safety measures such as wearing cycle helmets (85%). The authors conclude with a brief discussion of issues that they hope the annual questionnaire will address in the future. They hope that a better understanding of the barriers and enablers of bicycling will help in the development of strategies and interventions that will encourage people to cycle.

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  • Authors:
    • McManus, Alexandra
    • Smith, Jennifer
    • McManus, Jennifer
    • MacDonald, Emma
    • Williams, Megan
  • Publication Date: 2005


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  • Accession Number: 01042681
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 23 2007 10:16AM