Best Poster, Researcher Award voor Goudappel Coffeng

20 september 2017

Naar de kracht van de combinatie fiets en OV hebben Sanmay Shelat, Raymond Huisman en Niels van Oort onderzoek gedaan. Dat resulteerde onder meer in een poster die is ingediend voor de International Cycling Conference, deze week in Mannheim. Deze poster werd tijdens de ICC verkozen tot Best Poster, Researcher Award. Raymond Huisman: 'Het is goed om te zien dat op een 'dedicated' fietscongres juist een een multimodaal onderwerp deze Award wint. Dat geeft ook aan dat wat mij betreft de kracht schuilt in de combinatie van twee modaliteiten, ov én fiets.'

Meer over het onderzoek is door Niels van Oort gepubliceerd op de website van de TU Delft. 

Opportunities for the Combined Bicycle and Transit Mode

Around the world cities face negative effects generated by increasing mobility needs. To tackle these issues, mobility should be environmental and spatial friendly. Combining bicycle and public transport into a ‘bicycle + transit mode’ will create a synergy with the best of both worlds: superb door-to-door accessibility offered by the bicycle and a large spatial reach from transit modes. These complemented modes combined easily challenge private carsin terms of speed as well accessibility.

Research regarding the users and trip types of the bicycle and transit mode is largely missing. This is unfortunate, since understanding both user and trip characteristics is of the utmost importance to improve the share of the bicycle and transit mode. Policy-makers can make concrete decisions on infrastructure and service investments only when the gap between the aforementioned societal need and scientific knowledge is filled.

The main analysis in the study is based on data from the Netherlands. The Netherlands is one of the countries with a head start regarding the use of the bicycle + transit mode. A one-day trip diary survey, representative of the population of the Netherlands, with more than 250,000 respondents who made nearly 700,000 trips over the course of 6 years (2010-2015), is used to derive important trip and user characteristics of the bicycle + transit mode. Finally, latent class cluster analysis is applied to find prototypical users of this mode on the basis of their socio-demographic attributes.

It is, for example, found that the most important purposes of the bicycle and transit mode are work or education, typically involving relatively long distances. Bicycle and transit-potential for other transit network levels, such as metros and bus rapid transit can be found. Moreover, seven unique user groups – from middle-aged professionals to school children – are identified, and their different travel behaviour is discussed.

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