Practices and motivations of travellers making rail-cycle trips


Sherwin, H., Parkhurst, G., Robbins, D. and Walker, I., 2011. Practices and motivations of travellers making rail-cycle trips. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers: Transport, 164 (3), pp. 189-197.

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Currently only 2% of British rail passengers choose to cycle to the station, in contrast to 40% in the Netherlands, but the combination of cycling with rail use presents a potentially attractive alternative to car use with carbon reduction and health-promotion benefits. The present study examined the motivations and behaviours of people who integrate bicycle and rail use, focusing particularly on the provision of station cycle parking as a facilitator. A novel methodology was applied to two intercity stations in Bristol (southwest England) to examine movements within an extensive cycle parking area. Bike-rail integration emerges as a complex set of practices, influenced by a range of factors including, but not limited to, the availability of station cycle parking. It is concluded that bike-rail integration can make a contribution to reducing both carbon emissions and car dependence, but a lack of integration within the rail industry and other agencies is limiting the delivery of policies to enhance the opportunities.


Item Type Articles
CreatorsSherwin, H., Parkhurst, G., Robbins, D. and Walker, I.
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DepartmentsFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences > Psychology
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