Electrically-assisted bikes: Potential impacts on travel behaviour


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Cairns, Sally, Behrendt, Frauke, Raffo, David, Beaumont, Claire and Kiefer, Chris (2017) Electrically-assisted bikes: Potential impacts on travel behaviour Transportation Research Part A - Policy and Practice, 103. pp. 327-342. ISSN 0965-8564

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This paper reports on a review of the European literature about the impacts of having an electrically-assisted bike available to use, together with results from a trial in the UK city of Brighton, where 80 employees were loaned an electrically-assisted bike for a 6–8 week period. In the Brighton trial, three-quarters of those who were loaned an e-bike used them at least once a week. Across the sample as a whole, average usage was in the order of 15– 20 miles per week, and was accompanied by an overall reduction in car mileage of 20%. At the end of the trial, 38% participants expected to cycle more in the future, and at least 70% said that they would like to have an e-bike available for use in the future, and would cycle more if this was the case. This is consistent with the results of the European literature which shows that when e-bikes are made available, they get used; that a proportion of e-bike trips typically substitutes for car use; and that many people who take part in trials become interested in future e-bike use, or cycling more generally.

Item Type: Journal article
Additional Information: © 2017 TRL Limited, University of Brighton and other collaborating authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. This is an open access article under the CC BY license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
Subjects: K000 Architecture, Building and Planning > K400 Planning (Urban, Rural and Regional) > K460 Transport Planning
L000 Social Sciences > L400 Social Policy > L434 Transport policy
L000 Social Sciences > L700 Human and Social Geography > L724 Transport geography
N000 Business and Management > N800 Travel, Tourism and Transport Management > N850 Transport Studies
P000 Mass Communications and Documentation > P300 Media studies
L000 Social Sciences > L400 Social Policy > L430 Public Policy > L431 Health Policy
L000 Social Sciences > L400 Social Policy > L430 Public Policy
L000 Social Sciences > L400 Social Policy
DOI (a stable link to the resource): 10.1016/j.tra.2017.03.007
Depositing User: Converis
Date Deposited: 15 Aug 2017 03:01
Last Modified: 15 Aug 2017 08:19
URI: http://eprints.brighton.ac.uk/id/eprint/17298

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