Practices and motivations of travellers making rail-cycle trips

Sherwin, H., Parkhurst, G., Robbins, D. and Walker, I. (2011) Practices and motivations of travellers making rail-cycle trips. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Transport, 164 (3). pp. 189-197. ISSN 0965-092X Available from:

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Currently only 2% of British rail passengers choose to cycle to the station, in contrast to 40% in the Netherlands, but the combination of cycling with rail use presents a potentially attractive alternative to car use with carbon reduction and health-promotion benefits. The present study examined the motivations and behaviours of people who integrate bicycle and rail use, focusing particularly on the provision of station cycle parking as a facilitator. A novel methodology was applied to two intercity stations in Bristol (southwest England) to examine movements within an extensive cycle parking area. Bike–rail integration emerges as a complex set of practices, influenced by a range of factors including, but not limited to, the availability of station cycle parking. It is concluded that bike–rail integration can make a contribution to reducing both carbon emissions and car dependence, but a lack of integration within the rail industry and other agencies is limiting the delivery of policies to enhance the opportunities.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:rail & bus stations, sustainability, railway systems
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Environment and Technology > Department of Geography and Environmental Management
ID Code:15782
Deposited By: J. Triggle
Deposited On:17 Oct 2011 15:58
Last Modified:20 Sep 2016 01:17

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