Public Transport and Cycling: Living Apart or Together?

Intermodality is a key factor in the attractiveness of public transportation. This article discusses how public transit and bicycling can be complementary modes of transport. In countries where bicycle use is common, usage is highest in medium-density areas. The purpose of the journey, topographic and meteorological conditions, personal characteristics and road safety also influence bicycle travel. Intermodal travel with bicycles and public transit can take three forms: bike-and-ride, bike-ride-bike, and ride-and-bike. In order for any form of intermodality to be successful, facilities for bike storage and parking must be available. Transit policy must be accepting and welcoming of bicycles on buses and trains for bike-ride-bike programs to work. To expand the use of ride-and-bike, some areas are experimenting with bicycle rental facilities near bus and train stations. Good transportation policy is needed to realize the potential of bicycle/public transit synergy and to break down any sense of competition that might exist between the two modes. Examples of how some European cities are working to promote bicycle/public transit intermodal travel are provided.


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  • Accession Number: 01049724
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 25 2007 10:34AM