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The use of self-monitoring solutions amongst cyclists: An online survey and empirical study

Joinson, Adam; Piwek, Lukasz; Morvan, James

Authors

Lukasz Piwek

James Morvan



Abstract

© 2015 Elsevier Ltd. Self-monitoring has been shown to be one of the most efficient behaviour change techniques to promote physical activity. However, there has been no research on the exact nature and impact of using various self-monitoring solutions (e.g. cycle computer, cadence monitor, smartphone' physical activity apps) amongst cyclists. Initially, an online survey was conducted with 227 adults who did or did not use self-monitoring solutions with their cycling. We found that the most important features for cyclists who use self-monitoring are: time it takes to travel, cycling speed, and distance covered. In contrast, cyclists who do not use self-monitoring perceived features related to location (e.g. directions with maps) as the most important ones. In a subsequent study we included self-monitoring solutions as a part of mixed-design, small-scale, longitudinal intervention aimed at changing transportation patterns. We found that self-monitoring is mainly suitable for performance oriented cyclists rather then recreational cyclists. We discuss the implications of those results for designing interventions to promote cycling.

Citation

Joinson, A., Piwek, L., & Morvan, J. (2015). The use of self-monitoring solutions amongst cyclists: An online survey and empirical study. Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, 77, 126-136. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tra.2015.04.010

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 20, 2015
Online Publication Date May 15, 2015
Publication Date Jul 1, 2015
Deposit Date Dec 11, 2019
Journal Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice
Print ISSN 0965-8564
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 77
Pages 126-136
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tra.2015.04.010
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/4816643
Additional Information This article is maintained by: Elsevier; Article Title: The use of self-monitoring solutions amongst cyclists: An online survey and empirical study; Journal Title: Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice; CrossRef DOI link to publisher maintained version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tra.2015.04.010; Content Type: article; Copyright: Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.