Do people's perceptions of neighborhood bikeability match "reality"?

Ma, L and Dill, J 2017, 'Do people's perceptions of neighborhood bikeability match "reality"?', Journal of Transport and Land Use, vol. 10, no. 1, pp. 291-308.


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Collection: Journal Articles

Title Do people's perceptions of neighborhood bikeability match "reality"?
Author(s) Ma, L
Dill, J
Year 2017
Journal name Journal of Transport and Land Use
Volume number 10
Issue number 1
Start page 291
End page 308
Total pages 18
Publisher University of Minnesota
Abstract Do people perceive the built environment the same as we objectively measure it? If not, what are the relative roles of the objective versus the perceived environment on bicycling behavior? This study, based on data from Portland, Oregon, explored the match or mismatch between the objective and perceived bicycling environment and how it affects people's bicycling behavior. The descriptive analysis indicated a fair agreement between perceived and objective measures. Older adults, women having children, less-educated and lower-income persons, and those who bicycle less tended to perceive their high-bikeable environment (measured objectively) as being a low-bikeable environment. In addition to the socio-demographics, this study also found that the social environment can play a role in the relationship between the objective and perceived environment. Finally, results of this study indicated that both the actual and perceived built environment are associated with bicycling behavior, particularly for utilitarian bicycling. For recreational bicycling, the objective environment attributes measured in this study are not significant factors, while perceptions do matter.
Subject Transport Planning
Keyword(s) Bicycling
Built environment
Objective measure
Perceived measure
DOI - identifier 10.5198/jtlu.2015.796
Copyright notice Copyright 2015 Liang Ma & Jennifer Dill
ISSN 1938-7849
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