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The planned and the perceived city: a comparison of cyclists’ and decision-makers’ views on cycling quality

Marquart, Heike and Ueberham, Max and Schlink, Uwe (2020) The planned and the perceived city: a comparison of cyclists’ and decision-makers’ views on cycling quality. Journal of Transport Geography. Elsevier. ISSN 0966-6923

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Abstract

Traffic jams, congestion and pollution demand sustainable modes of transport. To increase the appeal of cycling, bicycle-users’ perceptions and needs should be acknowledged by decision-makers. However, traditional transport planning mainly focuses on quantitative, infrastructural data. To address this research gap, this study explores to what extent decision-makers are aware of cyclists’ needs and perceptions. Furthermore, the study compares the assessments about cycling of decision-makers and cyclists in Leipzig, Germany. Methods Qualitative Interviews with 13 cyclists and similarly structured interviews with 6 experts from politics and planning were compared using qualitative content analysis. Two main topics were examined: (1) the reasons for cycling and (2) the perceived environment (built, natural and individually perceived). To integrate the spatial context, the interviewees draw sketch maps which were analyzed and compared using geo-information systems. Results Experts assume that main roads with cycling infrastructure are decisive for fast and safe cycling and cyclists agree with this statement. However, cyclists further refer to the positive effects of green spaces, the experience of the natural environment (e.g. fresh air) as well as the healthy and recreational effect of cycling. Cyclists prefer taking side roads and are prepared to use detours to integrate the natural environment and avoid traffic jams, noise and air pollution – these aspects were rarely acknowledged by decision-makers. Discussion We conclude that urban planners need to involve cyclists’ perceptions more explicitly. Integrating cyclists’ experiences in planning processes using sketch maps and interviews have added value, complementing quantitative approaches to enhance the understanding of cyclist behavior. The findings are essential to promote a sustainable, healthy and environmentally friendly urban development appropriate to citizens’ needs.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/131019/
Document Type:Article
Title:The planned and the perceived city: a comparison of cyclists’ and decision-makers’ views on cycling quality
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Marquart, HeikeHeike.Marquart (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Ueberham, MaxHelmholtz Zentrum für Umweltfroschung (UFZ)UNSPECIFIED
Schlink, UweHelmholtz Zentrum für Umweltfroschung (UFZ)UNSPECIFIED
Date:2020
Journal or Publication Title:Journal of Transport Geography
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0966-6923
Status:Accepted
Keywords:Planning for cycling; cycling behavior; perceived environment; decision-makers’ evaluation; cyclists’ experiences
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Transport
HGF - Program Themes:Transport System
DLR - Research area:Transport
DLR - Program:V VS - Verkehrssystem
DLR - Research theme (Project):V - Transport und Klima
Location: Berlin-Adlershof
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Transport Research > Mobility and Urban Development
Institute of Transport Research
Deposited By: Marquart, Heike
Deposited On:10 Dec 2019 11:23
Last Modified:10 Dec 2019 11:23

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