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E-Bicycling for Short Distance Commutes: What Will It Take for Drivers to Switch?



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Fitch, Dillon T. and Susan L. Handy (2019) E-Bicycling for Short Distance Commutes: What Will It Take for Drivers to Switch?. Transportation Research Board 98th Annual Meeting

Electric assisted bicycles (e-bikes) may reduce the barriers for shifting car trips to bike trips through improved perceptions of bicycling safety and increased destination accessibility. The goal of this paper is to explore factors influencing the likelihood of people shifting from driving to e-bicycling. The authors examine the potential for e-bicycling among employees (working faculty, staff, and graduate students) currently driving and or carpooling to the University of California, Davis through a cross-sectional web survey. The authors' results indicate that most people are not familiar with e-bikes, which suggests an important barrier for their adoption. For those that are familiar with e-bikes, experience riding an e-bike is a strong predictor of considering e-bicycling as a commute mode, and the self-reported likelihood of commuting by e-bike. The authors' results also indicate that e-bike cost and fear of theft are the most commonly reported barriers specific to e-bike adoption. The authors include a brief discussion about how these results can improve policies and programs for e-bike adoption.

Key words: Acceptance, attitudes, bicycle commuting, bicycles, costs, drivers, electric vehicles, modal diversion, safety