Commuting by bike?
Quality over time
What do you notice when you see the cycling lanes in the inner city lately? They seem to be getting more busy with the day; especially now we are approaching summer. Some ride to work in lycra on their roadie, others ride their trendy e-bike while wearing their business attire.
The benefits of commuting by bike
Their benefits are endless. No traffic jams, an easy way to get to the daily 30 minutes of physical activity, fresh air, contribute to a sustainable way of transportation. Plus, there is one more thing that they have in common: research show that most of them are willing to cycle additional kilometers if this is a greener, safer and less busy way to get to work.
Cycling to work with a voluntary detour
Another study by Royal Haskoning DHV and the TU Eindhoven (2016) show that the availability of cycle paths, the quality of the road surface, and inclines are having a larger influence on picking route options than a four minute short cut. This influence increases even further as the distance grows.
Research in Copenhagen (2017) shows furthermore that people are prepared to cycle for longer distances when that route passes through a green environment. They are also willing to cycle further if that enables them to skip busy roads with a lot of stopping.
No surprise for you
Gazelle riders might not be surprised reading the above, knowing what it is like to cycle carefree. But for a lot of governing bodies, or people who consider to start commuting by bike, this shows that the appetite for the use of bicycles as way of transport in cities is not only about getting somewhere fast.