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Bicyclist Stress Perceptions and Heart Rate Variability

UCD-ITS-RP-21-24

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Fitch, Dillon T. (2021) Bicyclist Stress Perceptions and Heart Rate Variability. Findings

This paper describes the relationship between a physiological marker of stress (heart rate variability) and survey-based stress responses from a cross-over real-world bicycling experiment. The analysis shows that while heart rate variability was inversely associated with survey-based estimates of stress, large uncertainty in the relationship indicates carefully controlled experiments are still needed before we can be confident that bicyclist stress can be measured through heart rate variability.

Key words: bicyclist stress, heart rate variability, bicycling safety, bicycling comfort, physiological stress markers