Title: Understanding Walking and Cycling
Organisation: Lancaster University
Date uploaded: 27th September 2011
Date published/launched: September 2011
This report provides a summary of the aims, methods and key findings from a three year research project on the role of walking and cycling for everyday travel in English urban areas.
The overall aim of the research was to gain a clear understanding of the factors that structure everyday travel in England and to investigate the reasons why people do and do not undertake short everyday journeys on foot or by bike.
The project team identifed six specific research aims:
• How are walking and cycling incorporated into everyday routines of families, households and individuals?
• How do walking and cycling as everyday means of transport interact with other modes?
• How are decisions about specific walking and cycling routes made?
• Do most individuals construct an identity of themselves and others as cyclists or walkers?
• How do specific interventions to promote cycling and walking affect everyday decision making about short-distance travel?
• How is the particular complexity and contingency of travel decision making with respect to cycling and walking best conveyed to planners and policy makers?
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