Characteristics and factors influencing bicycling at an urban university: Results of a campus survey
Approximately 5000 persons participated, representing 12% of the population. Participants reported most often using a private vehicle for commuting, followed by public transportation and walking. Ninety-five percent reported having ever ridden a bicycle, and 46% had ridden a bicycle at least once in the past 12 months. Fifty-one percent had current access to a bicycle. Eleven percent of respondents had ridden to campus at least once during the first seven weeks of the academic year.
Participants reported that providing separated bicycle lanes on streets would increase the likelihood of future bicycle use to campus, as well as being with a reasonable commuting distance, and better campus facilities for bicycles. Making targeted environmental improvements has the potential for substantial increases in population physical activity levels and perceived rider safety. Most bicyclists and non-bicyclists agreed that the university would be a more desirable place if we increased use of bicycles for transportation.
Learning Areas:Environmental health sciences
Other professions or practice related to public health
Public health or related public policy
Public health or related research
Identify the frequency of bicycle usage among university students and employees. Describe the primary modes of commuting to and from a large urban university. Differentiate between bicyclists and non-bicyclists characteristics at an urban university. Identify factors that may increase the likelihood of bicycle use in an urban environment.
Keyword(s): Built Environment, Physical Activity
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been an investigator on active living research in urban environments for the past 8 years, including bicycling. I worked for 30 years with the federal USPHS including CDC on environmental health and chronic disease prevention. I have a graduate degree in public health, concentration in environmental health.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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