Bikeability in Nijmegen: A mixed method case study combining measured and perceived bikeability through a geospatial index

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The reduced amount of available space and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions are the most challenging elements for urban mobility nowadays. The bicycle plays a pivotal role in how we move about in today’s and tomorrow’s city. To encourage people to cycle more and increase its share within mobility, a better understanding of the influence that the physical environment has on travel behaviour is necessary. A bikeability index is an appropriate tool to achieve this. The index is initially based on public geospatial data and gives an objective overview of bikeability in, in this case, Nijmegen, taking into account destination accessibility, cycling facilities, connectivity and elevation. This objective version of bikeability still lacks any context-specific information, which is essential to determine an accurate version of bikeability. Therefore, objective data is combined with subjective, contextual data gathered from a survey. This leads to an adapted index, which adds intersections as an indicator and changes the proportions of the other indicators. This results in a changed image of bikeability for Nijmegen; there is more balance between the bikeability scores of the city centre and surrounding parts, and the outskirts of the city near the municipality border.
Faculteit der Managementwetenschappen