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Influences on Anger in German urban cyclists

Huemer, Anja Katharina and Oehl, Michael and Brandenburg, Stefan (2018) Influences on Anger in German urban cyclists. Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour, 58, pp. 969-979. Elsevier. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.trf.2018.07.026. ISBN ISSN: 1369-8478. ISSN 1369-8478.

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Official URL: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1369847818302821


Previous research shows that anger and aggression among road users lead to maladjusted driving and a higher risk of accidents. Especially cyclists as vulnerable road users have a high risk of being injured if they are involved in accidents. This paper examines reasons for cycling anger in two studies. The first study aimed at identifying anger provoking events. Seventy-three cyclists were invited to discuss anger provoking events in a focus group setting. These events were rated regarding their anger intensity, clustered within focus groups, and aggregated across all groups. The first study revealed 208 unique cycling anger provoking events of varying anger intensity that were summarized in six clusters. The second study aimed at validating these anger provoking events, the ratings, and the clusters. Here, 129 participants were asked to complete a four-time point diary study (over the course of ten days), in which they registered all anger provoking events that they experienced while cycling. The results of this study validated most of the anger provoking events of the first study. Both studies show that most anger provoking events are related to conflicts between cyclists with other road users like car drivers and pedestrians. Moreover, conflicts with car drivers seem to cause stronger anger among cyclists than conflicts with other cyclists or pedestrians. Implications for further research and the planning of road infrastructure are discussed.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/121306/
Document Type:Article
Title:Influences on Anger in German urban cyclists
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Huemer, Anja KatharinaTU BraunschweigUNSPECIFIED
Oehl, MichaelMichael.Oehl (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Brandenburg, StefanStefan.Brandenburg (at) tu-berlin.deUNSPECIFIED
Date:October 2018
Journal or Publication Title:Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
DOI :https://doi.org/10.1016/j.trf.2018.07.026
Page Range:pp. 969-979
ISBN:ISSN: 1369-8478
Keywords:vulnerable road users, cycling, cycling anger, road traffic, anger experience, focus group, diary study
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Transport
HGF - Program Themes:Terrestrial Vehicles (old)
DLR - Research area:Transport
DLR - Program:V BF - Bodengebundene Fahrzeuge
DLR - Research theme (Project):V - Fahrzeugintelligenz (old)
Location: Braunschweig
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Transportation Systems > Development of vehicle functions
Deposited By: Oehl, Dr. Michael
Deposited On:04 Oct 2018 07:51
Last Modified:29 Oct 2018 08:19

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