The use of bicycles in a mid-sized city – benefits and obstacles identified using a questionnaire and GIS
Sammanfattning: The use of bicycles in a mid-sized city – benefits and obstacles identified using a questionnaire and GIS The need for alternative means of transport is highlighted by many studies. This need can be satisfied by prioritizing the use of bicycles over the use of mechanical vehicles in daily mobility needs in a city. Here we show an investigation of ways of improving this prioritization in a middle-size city of Greece, Karditsa. For this purpose we use a questionnaire and a GIS regarding Town Planning Sectors (T.P.Ss). The following factors are investigated: a) width of the existing cycling routes, b) extension of the existing cycling routes, c) education/training on how to cycle in a city, and d) use of bicycles. We found that the inhabitants believe that the width of the cycling routes must not be narrow, the cycling routes must be extended in many parts of a city, the inhabitants must be educated/ trained on how to cycle about in a city, and they state that they use bicycles in their daily mobility needs. Demonstration of the results The results demonstrate the following: a) the width of cycling routes proper for two separate one-way cycling routes is preferable by the inhabitants, b) cycling route extension to more parts of a city would reduce car driving for the daily mobility needs and increase bicycle use, c) education/training on how to cycle in a city is essential for the right way of cycling, and d) the data collected by a questionnaire from the inhabitants depended on their experiences as bicyclists, pedestrians, and car-drivers, and, therefore, they are close to the representation of the truth. These findings can improve the preference of using bicycles to using cars and, therefore, the prioritization of cycling.
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