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Winter cycling in Eskilstuna municipality: motivators and barriers experienced by commuters
Linköping University, Department of Thematic Studies.
2022 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Many cities focus on cycling due to the multiple advantages including individual, societal, and economic advantages. Eskilstuna municipality in Sweden is one of the cases that aim to develop cycling, but the question is if the municipality has managed in developing winter cycling because of the special winter weather characteristics, cold, windy, snowy, and dark. This study focuses on the experiences of commuters when commuting in winter in Eskilstuna municipality. The goal of this study is to identify and analyze the motivators and barriers that influence winter cycle commuting, and the research result can contribute to improving the cycling rate in Eskilstuna municipality. The researcher examined the issues in Eskilstuna municipality through qualitative analysis from the focus group interview and interview and document analysis. Factors such as prioritized cycle lanes, the construction of new cycle lanes, preference for wellbeing, social influence (such as cycling culture and cycle-friendly atmosphere), the good function of the cycle (including the cycle, the tire, the cycle lights), good private economy situation were identified as motivators to cycling to work in winter. By contrast, issues that are related to lack of infrastructure maintenance and lack of cycle lanes, the darkness, the snow, limitation in practices of the policy, and cleanness as a social norm were identified as barriers. However, some factors were identified as irrelevant factors such as low temperature, showing room, parking space, and scenery. 

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2022. , p. 45
Keywords [en]
barrier, commuting, cycle, motivator, winter
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Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-186909OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-186909DiVA, id: diva2:1681362
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Strategic Urban and Regional Planning, Master's Programme, 120 credits
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2022-06-02, 10:00 (English)
Available from: 2022-07-13 Created: 2022-07-06 Last updated: 2022-07-13Bibliographically approved

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