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This report describes the results of a survey including 1.133 people using a questionnaire covering factors that affect traveller´s intentions to cycle and how to get the "reluctant" rider to start cycling. The survey was based on two different theories; "Theory of planned behaviour" (TPB ) and "The Transtheoretical model of change" (TTM). In the survey, participants were answering different questions based on the above theories and were asked to link them to a journey they usually make in a week. Results from a regression analysis showed that 10% of their intentions to cycle were explained by the distance travelled. When added to their attitude, subjective norm, descriptive norm and perceived behavioural control in step 2, the variance increased to 57%. The participants were then divided into two groups; those who biked or used the car on a regular basis. Motorists were more negative to cycling and believed that it was sweaty, not particularly comfortable, and that it would make it difficult for them to carry out everyday activities. The final section of this report only analysed travellers who travelled a distance of 7 kilometres or less. In this section a combination of questions based on TPB and TTM were used. The greatest difference between the stages defined by TTM was that people at stage 1 (pre contemplation) had a significantly more negative attitude towards cycling compared with step 5 (maintenance). The study also included a factor analysis including different behavioural beliefs. The results presented three different components; "fast and efficient", "well-being and environmental awareness” and "discomfort". It was shown that the greatest difference between the different stages was with regard to “fast and efficient”, i.e. short-term effects. Those who were at the early stages were less likely to agree with this compared with those who had changed their behaviour or were on their way. In contrast, almost everybody argued that cycling was good for their own health and the environment which were part of component 3 "well-being and environmental awareness”. In conclusion, this study demonstrates that the combination of the theories TPB and TTM is useful when studying the factors that affect modal choice. The results show that people are at different stages in the change process and that measures should be tailored to the stage the group is at. The report finish with some recommendations aimed to increase the number of cyclists.



Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA) workshop in Stockholm

An open seminar and workshop in Stockholm will be held on 25-26 April 2018. The workshop deals with the use of CBA as a basis for decision-making in the public sector. The workshop is organized by, among others, Professor Jan-Eric Nilsson, VTI.



Ulf Sandberg has been presented with the TTI Lifetime Achievement Award 2018

VTI’s Senior Research Leader Ulf Sandberg has been presented with the TTI Lifetime Achievement Award 2018 for his work on research into tyres and road surface.


Steps need to be taken to increase traffic safety of automated cars

Several steps are necessary to ensure that automated and connected cars will lead to increased traffic safety – everything from ensuring that technology takes vulnerable road users into account, to new forms of driver training. This has emerged in a position...


FALCON examines challenges in the transport sector

VTI is one of several important partners in the major FALCON project*, whose purpose is to create knowledge and insight regarding the transport sector. In an initial subproject, VTI has produced a manual on transport, logistics and multimodality.


VTI joined research cooperation in China

In December 2017 VTI became a member of China-Sweden Research Centre for Traffic Safety (CTS).


Swedish German research collaboration on Electric Road Systems

The project “Swedish-German research collaboration on Electric Road Systems” (CollERS) has now officially started. The goal of the project is to increase the common knowledge around Electric Road Systems by cooperation between Germany and Sweden and to...


Electric Road Systems Conference 2018

After a successful first conference in June 2017, the Swedish research and innovation platform for electric roads is arranging the second dedicated International Conference on Electric Road Systems (ERS) June 13th and 14th 2018.