Cargo Bike Pool: A way to facilitate a car-free life?
2014 (English)In: Resilience – the new research frontier. Proceedings of the 20th Annual International Sustainable Development Research Conference (ISDRC 2014) Trondheim 18-20 June 2014, Trondheim, 2014, 273-280 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
In planning for sustainable cities, there is a need to take into consideration alternative transportation modes and facilitate the use of these, for the types of trips that people tend to use cars for. One way to mitigate car dependency in everyday life could be by using a cargo bike for these types of trips.The purpose of this paper is to map in what ways a specific trial of providing access to a cargo bike pool in a housing association affected both people’s travel habits and how they reimagined the types of trips that could be done at all or done in another way in order to find car-free travel and transportation modes. In this paper we focussed on the residents who actually used the cargo bikes.This qualitative study shows that although many of the residents did indeed lead car-free everyday lives, they got the opportunity to do other types of trips that they had not even thought about beforehand or deemed too difficult to do without a car. The cargo bike proved to fit into the portfolio of sustainable travel modes that facilitate everyday transports. The way that trips are imagined has also changed, that is what a cargo bike can be used to in relation to car, regular bike and public transportation.Having access to a cargo bike through a vehicle pool means that the possibilities to live a car-free everyday life are facilitated and in the long run a sustainable transportation pattern is being put in place.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Trondheim, 2014. 273-280 p.
cargo bike pool, mobility solution, behaviour change, sustainable transportation
Sociology Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Social Anthropology
Research subject Planning and Decision Analysis
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-172043ISBN: 978-82-91917-34-4OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-172043DiVA: diva2:845352
20th International Sustainable Development Research Conference Trondheim 18-20 June 2014
QC 201508172015-08-112015-08-112015-10-23Bibliographically approved