The Davis Bicycle Studies

As a means of transportation and as a form of physical activity, bicycling generates benefits to the bicyclist as well as to the community as a whole. Bicycling now accounts for less than 1 percent of all trips for all purposes in the U.S., but evidence from other western countries suggests that under the right conditions, bicycling levels can be significantly higher. The experience of Davis, California suggests that it is possible to create conditions conducive to higher levels of bicycling in the U.S. However, the extent to which bicycling policy has contributed to bicycling levels in Davis has not been rigorously assessed. This project aims to fill that gap through a quasi-experimental study of bicycling behavior in Davis and comparison communities designed to determine the influence of bicycle infrastructure and mixed-use land use patterns relative to individual preferences, community culture, and other factors. This project focuses on the analysis of data collected using an on-line survey in Davis and four comparison cities in spring 2006. This analysis will explore the relative importance of a variety of factors in explaining bicycling behavior. This project is planned as the first in a series of complementary studies of bicycling behavior focused on Davis.