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Data Collection Tools to Analyze the Impact of Streetscape Design on Cyclists' Route Choice

Ramirez Juarez, Roberto Nacxit (2022) Data Collection Tools to Analyze the Impact of Streetscape Design on Cyclists' Route Choice.

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Abstract:To encourage behavioral changes to reduce car use, understanding about the travel behavior is needed as well as interventions in infrastructure. Understanding the route choices of cyclists and their motivation based on their preferences regarding their trip attributes is important to improve cycling networks and therefore encourage the use of active travel modes such as cycling. This thesis had the aim to understand the influence of streetscape design features on cyclists’ route choice, by developing a mixed-method approach to collect objective and subjective data. The proposed mixed-method involved the use of a survey using the Maptionnaire platform in combination with a VR experiment to simulate a bike ride in the city of Enschede, The Netherlands. Results showed the differences between the usual and ideal routes regarding streetscape design features and the combined methods allowed to improve understanding about cyclists’ perceptions of such design features. Also from the results, the added value of the proposed methodology in terms of learning and usability as combining data from the methods seemed to improve understanding about the influence of streetscape design features in cyclists’ route choices. Therefore, results from this study may encourage academics to develop and implement alternative mixed-methods approaches to increase understanding of cyclists’ travel behaviour regarding route choice. Also from a practitioner perspective, implementation of such mixed-methods for data collection may increase the efficiency of the process and also help developing contextual data-driven interventions that encourage the use of bicycles.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:ITC: Faculty of Geo-information Science and Earth Observation
Subject:74 (human) geography, cartography, town and country planning, demography
Programme:Geoinformation Science and Earth Observation MSc (75014)
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