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The value of time and comfort in bicycle appraisal : a stated preference research into the cyclists' valuation of travel time reductions and comfort improvements in the Netherlands

Ginkel, Jeroen van (2014) The value of time and comfort in bicycle appraisal : a stated preference research into the cyclists' valuation of travel time reductions and comfort improvements in the Netherlands.

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Abstract:Due to the recent attention from the government in reducing congestion by investing in cycling infrastructure, there is a growing need for knowledge on cycling and assessment tools. A cost-benefit analysis tool is available to assess cycling infrastructure investments, but important key figures such as the value of time are missing. The aim of this research is to fill one of the gaps in bicycle appraisal by setting the following research objective: “The objective of this research is to estimate the valuation of travel time savings and comfort improvements for cycling.” The cyclists’ value of time and comfort were not estimated before in the Netherlands. Only a few international studies are available, with two Swedish studies specifically focusing on the cyclists’ value time. Based on these experiences, a similar research approach has been designed. To achieve the objective, a literature review was provided on the cyclists’ value of time. Secondly, an adaptive stated choice experiment was constructed. This experiment consisted of 15 combined mode/route choice questions in which the respondent was confronted with two cycle routes, a car and public transport alternative. 523 cyclists from the region Arnhem Nijmegen and Breda Etten-Leur correctly filled in the experiment, which was made available online. Thereafter, a descriptive analysis and model analysis were conducted. The model analysis used a mixed logit model to estimate the coefficients that influence the choice behavior. The mixed logit model takes into account the panel effect of a stated preference experiment and the nested structure of a combined mode/route choice experiment. Finally, the resulting model led to the calculation of elasticities, choice probabilities and the performance of a scenario analysis.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:ET: Engineering Technology
Subject:55 traffic technology, transport technology
Programme:Civil Engineering and Management MSc (60026)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/66488
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