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Drivers' Perceptions Towards Cyclists and Bikeshare Users in the ECOBICI Service Area

Title: Drivers' Perceptions Towards Cyclists and Bikeshare Users in the ECOBICI Service Area.
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Name(s): Valdez-Torres, Yazmin Jenifer, author
Duncan, Michael Douglas, professor directing dissertation
Horner, Mark W., university representative
Brown, Jeff R., committee member
Felkner, John, committee member
Florida State University, degree granting institution
College of Social Sciences and Public Policy, degree granting college
Department of Urban and Regional Planning, degree granting department
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Doctoral Thesis
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2019
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource (172 pages)
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Despite the rapid global motorization, especially in developing countries, the use of the bicycle as urban transportation has increased in the last 35 years (Shaheen, Guzman, & Zhang, 2012). However, the United States, Canada, and Mexico have low cycling levels with bicycle mode share of little more than one percent (Buehler & Pucher, 2012). Some of the possible alternatives to promote the use of the bicycle is that the presence of bikeshare systems can encourage cycling by providing a safer environment for all types of cyclists (Fischman & Schepers, 2014). This dissertation examines the drivers’ perception towards cyclists and the possible difference in perception towards Ecobici bikeshare users and private cyclists. This research was carried out in Mexico City, at the EcoBici bikeshare service area. Data collection was done by a self-reported survey distributed online and by intercept surveys conducted to drivers who drive within the study area and control area. The analysis of the 710 participants' responses shows that drivers from the control area have a more positive perception towards cyclists, especially on issues related to bicycle investment and bicycle infrastructure. Overall, younger generations reported a more positive perception towards cyclists, and most drivers perceive that cyclists are not predictable on the roads as most of the drivers reported feel nervous when overtaking cyclists. When comparing Ecobici users to private cyclists, the results suggest that drivers do not have a clear preference for Ecobici users over private cyclists. Nevertheless, drivers are also more in favor of encouraging family and friends to use Ecobici bicycles over private bicycles, which could indicate that, unconsciously, participants consider that traveling on an Ecobici bicycle is safer than going on a private bicycle. The results from this study could have an impact on policymakers and transportation practitioners in Mexico City who would like to improve drivers-cyclists’ interactions in the road and to promote the use of the bicycle for transportation.
Identifier: 2019_Fall_ValdezTorres_fsu_0071E_15369 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation submitted to the Department of Urban and Regional Planning in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: 2019
Date of Defense: October 31, 2019.
Keywords: Bikeshare systems, Drivers perception
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Michael Duncan, Professor Directing Dissertation; Mark Horner, University Representative; Jeffrey Brown, Committee Member; John Felkner, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Transportation -- Planning
City planning
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/2019_Fall_ValdezTorres_fsu_0071E_15369
Host Institution: FSU

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Valdez-Torres, Y. J. (2019). Drivers' Perceptions Towards Cyclists and Bikeshare Users in the ECOBICI Service Area. Retrieved from http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/2019_Fall_ValdezTorres_fsu_0071E_15369