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Influencing Factors on Cycling to School Among Young Adults: Case Study- The Netherlands
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment. (Royal Institute of Technology (KTH))
2018 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Fallstudie om faktorer som påverkar cyklandet till skolan hos unga vuxna i Nederländerna (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

Cycling is an important source of regular physical activity and an equitable mode of transport for reaching the recommended daily hour of activity. This research focusses on gaining insights in the travel behavior of young adults (12-20 years old) and the influencing factors within students from the Dutch provinces of Lim- burg, Overijssel and Noord-Brabant, in order to stimulate cycling among this group.

Two sets of data were used for this research, the OViN data with 4116 young adults in the Netherlands in 2016 that kept track of all of their out-of-home trips during one day; and a tailored made survey with 592 respondents that was distributed among different secondary and upper secondary schools from the three provinces. Based on two different sets of data, different models were set up explaining the level of influence of the personal characteristics, household character- istics, social, built and natural environment on the cycling behavior of young adults.

The results indicate that older teenagers are less likely to cycle than younger teenagers and that the purpose of the trip also strongly influences the mode choice. Other personal, household, social and built environment characteristics such as ethnicity, household size, disposable income, friends’ behavior, distance and level of urbanization are also found to have explanatory power. Within the research, different models are set up explaining the influencing variables and the level of influence of the variables analyzed. Based on the findings, measures and incentives can be set up to stimulate the cycling behavior of teenagers.

Abstract [sv]

Cykling är en viktig källa till regelbunden motion men används också som ett transportmedel med vilket man uppnår den rekommenderade vardagliga motionen. Denna undersökning fokuserar på att öka förståelsen för unga vuxnas (12-20 år gamla) resebeteende samt vilka faktorer som främjar cyklandet för studenter från den nederländska regionerna Limburg, Overijssel och Noord-Brabant.

Två datamängder användes i denna undersökning, OViN enkätundersökning innehållande samtliga resor 4116 unga vuxna i Nederländerna gjort under en dag samt en enkät med 592 respondenter fördelade mellan högstadie- och gymnasieelever från de tre provinserna. Undersökningen av datamängderna visade samband mellan personliga egenskaper, hushållets karaktär, den byggda och naturliga miljön samt samhällets påverkan och resebeteendet hos unga vuxna vad gäller cykling.

Resultanterna visar att det är mindre sannolikt att äldre tonåringar cyklar jäm- fört med yngre tonåringar samt att resans syfte starkt påverkar valet av trans- portmedel. Övriga egenskaper som etnicitet, hushållets storlek, inkomstnivå, vän- ners beteende, reseavstånd samt urbaniseringsnivå har också en signifikant påverkan på transportmedel. Undersökningen samanställde olika modeller som förklarade olika faktorer samt de undersökta faktorernas påverkan. Resultatet visar att olika åtgärder och incitament kan främja unga vuxnas resebeteende vad gäller cykling.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018. , p. 131
Keywords [en]
cycling behavior, young adults, influencing factors, cycling to school, built environment, natural environment, household, personal characteristics, social environment, Netherlands, secondary school
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Other Engineering and Technologies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-235685OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-235685DiVA, id: diva2:1252680
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Eindhoven University of Technology
Subject / course
Urban and Regional Planning
Educational program
Degree of Master - Sustainable Urban Planning and Design
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Bike2SchoolAvailable from: 2018-11-20 Created: 2018-10-02 Last updated: 2018-11-20Bibliographically approved

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