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Perceived safety of cargo bikes: A barrier against a "greener future"?

Meerstra, Youri (2021) Perceived safety of cargo bikes: A barrier against a "greener future"? Bachelor thesis.

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While cities are focusing on making logistics more and more environmentally sustainable by implementing “green deals”, the potential impact of the increase of cargo bikes remains unclear. This thesis investigates perceived safety that residents experience with a potential increase in cargo bikes, in this case, the residents of the inner city of Groningen. Feelings of unsafety might create tension between the municipality, courier companies and residents, leading to a potential barrier towards accepting an increase in cargo bikes and therefore a more environmentally friendly urban transportation network. In order to find the potential impact of an increase in cargo bikes on perceived safety, the following research question is studied: How would an increase of cargo bikes impact the perceived safety of the urban transportation network within the future zero emission zone of the city of Groningen? The results, based on a literature study, a survey and a policy analysis, indicate that perceived safety is influenced by an increase in cargo bikes. Furthermore, the capacity to handle a cargo bike in the urban transportation network influences perceived safety. Therefore, this thesis calls for change. From policies implemented elsewhere it is possible to find three recommendations for Groningen: creating more space for bicycles and cargo bikes, creating more parking infrastructure for cargo bikes and providing experience with cargo bikes.

Item Type: Thesis (Bachelor)
Degree programme: Spatial Planning and Design
Supervisor: Rauws, W.S.
Date Deposited: 13 Jul 2021 06:20
Last Modified: 13 Jul 2021 06:20

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