Planning through cyclists’ eyes...

Tuesday, February 19th 2013
12:00 - 1:00 pm
IURD | UC Berkeley

Planning through cyclists’ eyes:
Exploring intention to cycle and cyclists’ route preferences in the Greek context

Dimitris Milakis
Marie Curie Research Fellow IURD|UC Berkeley, TLO|TU Delft

Abstract: Greek cities represent a typical example of the “paradox of intensification”. Although they are compact, car-restriction policies are absent, while cycle infrastructure are extremely limited, resulting in low levels of bicycle use. Younger age social groups have recently begun demanding more cycle infrastructures, while some local municipalities have developed new cycle networks. Public acceptance is a key factor for the success of these initiatives. The lecture will present two studies aimed: a) to explore, through social psychology methods, the intention of a Greek city’s residents to use a new cycle network (Milakis, 2013)  and b) to plan the metropolitan cycle network of Athens using participative multicriteria methods (Milakis et al., 2012). New evidence on the relationship between attitudes, norms, Perceived Behavioural Control, habit and intentions to cycle are presented, along with a methodological way to explore what is important from the cyclist’s point of view in cycle network planning. 

Milakis, D., (2013). Will Greeks cycle? Exploring intention and attitudes in the case of the new bicycle network of Patras. (forthcoming) 
Milakis, D., Athanasopoulos, K., Vafeiadis, E., Vasileiadis, K., Vlastos, Th., (2012). Planning of the Athens metropolitan cycle network using participative multicriteria GIS analysis. Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences 48: 816-826.


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