Thursday Lunchtime Talks

Steve Denman
PhD candidate at the Department of Architecture, Clare Hall

‘Cycling cities. Culture or conditions? Evidence from UK commuters’

Rates of cycling vary significantly from place to place. While 43% of the resident workers of Cambridge cycle to work, the UK average stands at just 3%. This huge variation is not well understood. Many factors influence the decision to cycle to work. Some are outside the sphere of public policy, such as weather and hilliness.  Others are subject to the effects of policy interventions, such as the provision of cycle paths separated from traffic. I will introduce a methodology to categorise and visualise cycling infrastructure of cities and present initial findings from a travel demand model, comparing stated mode of travel for UK commuters with land use, environmental amenities, and cycle infrastructure provision of corresponding commuting corridors.