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Cyclists’ anger experiences in traffic: The Cycling Anger Scale

Oehl, Michael and Brandenburg, Stefan and Huemer, Anja Katharina (2019) Cyclists’ anger experiences in traffic: The Cycling Anger Scale. Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour (62), pp. 564-574. Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/j.trf.2019.02.008. ISSN 1369-8478.

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Research on emotions in road traffic has focused on car drivers rather than on cyclists. However, cyclists experience cycling anger and its consequences as vulnerable road users, i.e., without having a car-like protection zone around them. To address the issue of cycling anger, we suggest a psychological measure assessing cyclists’ anger experiences in traffic, the Cycling Anger Scale (CAS). This questionnaire assesses cyclists’ anger experiences in interaction with their cycling environment. A principal component analysis and a following confirmatory factor analyses with two different samples proposed a 14 items questionnaire solution with four subscales: police interaction, car interaction, cyclist interaction, and pedestrian interaction. Alpha reliabilities were acceptable to good. The CAS correlated significantly with the Driving Anger Scale (DAS) for car drivers and with the general State-Trait Anger Expression Inventory (STAXI) suggesting convergent validity. Additionally, we examined the relations between cycling anger, demographics, and self-reported cycling behavior. We conclude that the CAS provides a complementary efficient instrument for measuring cycling anger in road traffic.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/126711/
Document Type:Article
Title:Cyclists’ anger experiences in traffic: The Cycling Anger Scale
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Oehl, MichaelMichael.Oehl (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Brandenburg, StefanTU BerlinUNSPECIFIED
Huemer, Anja KatharinaTU BraunschweigUNSPECIFIED
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 :10.1016/j.trf.2019.02.008
Page Range:pp. 564-574
Keywords:Cycling, Cycling Anger, Anger Experience, Emotions in Traffic, Psychology
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:23 Apr 2019 12:38
Last Modified:23 Apr 2019 12:38

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