A comparison of bicyclist attitudes in two urban areas in USA and Italy

Nikiforos Stamatiadis, Salvatore Cafiso, Giuseppina Pappalardo

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Over the past 40 years, the number of people using bicycles as their primary means of transportation has increased significantly. Transportation agencies around the world now promote bicycling as a way to reduce pollution and traffic congestion. However, the lack of bicycling infrastructure in many cities could significantly impede the future growth of bicycle usage. This paper used a web survey to evaluate the attitudes and preferences of bicyclists in two cities: Lexington, Kentucky, USA and Catania, Sicily, Italy. The goal of the survey was to document impediments to bicycling in both cities, determine how infrastructure could be improved. Descriptive statistics and test of hypothesis were applied to the survey data to analyze participant responses and their level of agreement. Confirming previous research, respondents in both cities overwhelmingly cited lack of infrastructure as a major obstacle to bicycling more often. Respondents indicated that improving bicycle infrastructure and pavement conditions would result in an increased number of bicycle trips. While the survey findings lend support to the idea that bicyclists around the world harbor similar attitudes about what improvements are needed to increase cycling and enhance their experiences, local conditions and practices also influence perceptions about the relevance of specific issue.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationData Analytics
Subtitle of host publicationPaving the Way to Sustainable Urban Mobility - Proceedings of 4th Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility CSUM2018
EditorsEftihia G. Nathanail, Ioannis D. Karakikes
Number of pages8
StatePublished - 2019
Event4th Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility, CSUM 2018 - Skiathos Island, Greece
Duration: May 24 2018May 25 2018

Publication series

NameAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
ISSN (Print)2194-5357


Conference4th Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility, CSUM 2018
CitySkiathos Island

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019.


  • Bicyclist mobility
  • Bicyclist preferences
  • Infrastructure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • General Computer Science


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