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Assessing climate value of cycling under different urban forms of Dutch cities

Chen, Yang (2012) Assessing climate value of cycling under different urban forms of Dutch cities.

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Abstract:Cycling as a clean (non-emission) transport mode receives little attention in the scientific literature in terms of its climate mitigation potential. The Climate Value of Cycling (CVoC) represents the total amounts of avoided emissions due to cycling and is derived from an estimation of the total number of cycling trips, and their most likely substitution mode albeit motorized or non-motorized based on information about the current trip characteristics. Since urban form factors are reported to influence travel behaviour and patterns worldwide, also for cycling, there exists a link between the CVoC and urban form. This research quantifies the CVoC for Dutch cities—not only because The Netherlands has a reputation in facilitating and encouraging cycling and achieved great success in terms of its large cycling share, but also due to a lack of systematic and nationwide assessment of cycling from a climate perspective. The CVoC for Dutch cities is shown to correlate with important urban form indicators. Associative relations are tested in this research to quantify the extent to which urban form is related to the level of sustainability of the transport system. The results provide recommendations on the planning of sustainable urban form and transport geared towards mitigating climate emissions.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:ITC: Faculty of Geo-information Science and Earth Observation
Programme:Geoinformation Science and Earth Observation MSc (75014)
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