Skip to main content
Presentation
Cargo Bikes as a Growth Area for Bicycle vs. Auto Trips: Exploring the Potential for Mode Substitution Behavior
Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (2015)
  • William W Riggs, California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo
Abstract
Cargo bikes are increasing in availability in the United States. While a large body of research has continued to investigate traditional bike transportation, cargo bikes offer the potential to capture trips for those that might otherwise be made by car. To investigate this, data from a survey of cargo bike users are evaluated using descriptive and inferential statistics. The survey queried how use and travel dynamics of characteristics with the hypothesis that cargo bike ownership has the potential to contribute to mode substitution behavior. From a descriptive standpoint, 68.9% of those surveyed changed their travel behavior after purchasing a cargo bike and the number of auto trips appeared to decline by 1-2 trips per day. Two key reasons cited for this change included the ability to get around with children and more gear. This is confirmed by regression models which underscore this trend. Based on these results, further research could include focus on overcoming weather-related / elemental barriers (perhaps with an e-assist capacity), which continue to be an obstacle to every day cycling, and further investigation into families modeling healthy behaviors to children with cargo bikes.
Keywords
  • Cargo bikes,
  • Bicycles,
  • Linked Trips,
  • Mode Choice
Publication Date
October 24, 2015
Citation Information
William W Riggs. "Cargo Bikes as a Growth Area for Bicycle vs. Auto Trips: Exploring the Potential for Mode Substitution Behavior" Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (2015)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/williamriggs/48/