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Practices and motivations of travellers making rail-cycle trips

Sherwin, Henrietta; Parkhurst, Graham; Robbins, Derek; Walker, Ian


Henrietta Sherwin

Derek Robbins

Ian Walker


Currently only 2% of British rail passengers choose to cycle to the station, in contrast to 40% in the Netherlands, but the combination of cycling with rail use presents a potentially attractive alternative to car use with carbon reduction and health-promotion benefits. The present study examined the motivations and behaviours of people who integrate bicycle and rail use, focusing particularly on the provision of station cycle parking as a facilitator. A novel methodology was applied to two intercity stations in Bristol (southwest England) to examine movements within an extensive cycle parking area. Bike-rail integration emerges as a complex set of practices, influenced by a range of factors including, but not limited to, the availability of station cycle parking. It is concluded that bike-rail integration can make a contribution to reducing both carbon emissions and car dependence, but a lack of integration within the rail industry and other agencies is limiting the delivery of policies to enhance the opportunities.


Sherwin, H., Parkhurst, G., Robbins, D., & Walker, I. (2011). Practices and motivations of travellers making rail-cycle trips. Proceedings of the ICE - Transport, 164(3), 189-197.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Aug 1, 2011
Journal Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers: Transport
Print ISSN 0965-092X
Electronic ISSN 1751-7710
Publisher Thomas Telford
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 164
Issue 3
Pages 189-197
Keywords rail & bus stations, sustainability, railway systems
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