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The use of social marketing in promoting cycling

Tapp, Alan; Parkin, John


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John Parkin
Professor in Transport Engineering


Regine Gerike


This chapter explores the use of social marketing to increase the use of the bicycle as a mode of everyday travel. The popularity and level of use of a particular transport mode will broadly result from two factors: the quality of experience of that mode and the clarity of understanding of these qualities by potential users. To be effective, we argue that programmes to promote cycling should adopt social marketing principles, and we define these. We discuss behaviour change theories and evidence from the literature on behaviour change in relation to cycling. Based on this, we provide an example of an approach that applied social marketing to cycling in Bristol. The final section provides a conclusion with recommendations for policy makers.


Tapp, A., & Parkin, J. (2015). The use of social marketing in promoting cycling. In J. Parkin, & R. Gerike (Eds.), Cycling Futures: From Research into Practice, 183-205. Ashgate

Publication Date Nov 1, 2015
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Pages 183-205
Book Title Cycling Futures: From Research into Practice
ISBN 9781472453617
Keywords cycling, social marketing
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Additional Information Additional Information : Used by permission of the Publishers from ‘The use of social marketing in promoting cycling’, in Cycling Futures eds. Regine Gerike and John Parkin (Farnham: Ashgate, 2015), pp. 183–205. Copyright © 2015


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