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The Climate Value of Cycling in The Netherlands: Searching for explanatory variables

Cui, Mengyi (2013) The Climate Value of Cycling in The Netherlands: Searching for explanatory variables.

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Abstract:Sustainable transport development calls for non-motorized travel modes that cause less or even no greenhouse gas emission. Bicycle as a non-emission travel mode has been gaining increasing attentions in terms of its contribution to CO2 saving. As a bicycle friendly country, The Netherlands has a high level of bicycle share but still lack of studies looking at the climate perspective. A model Climate Value of Cycling (CVoC) calculates the most likely substitution mode for each bicycle trip and estimates the additional CO2 emissions caused by induced traffic if cycling would no longer be possible. The induced CO2 equals to the the total amount of avoided CO2 emission by bicycle which is its climate value. This study explains the CVoC score by considering three urban and regional domains: socio-economic character, urban form and infrastructure. A list of explanatory variables is chosen under each domain to observe whether the primary modes share and the probability to choose the most likely alternative modes can be driven by the extent of these explanatory variables. The interpretations of the links between explanatory variables and CVoC scores provide urban planners a better understanding of the climate value of bicycle and plan for more sustainable transport system.
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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