Interesting new research from McGill University in Montreal describes 4 types of riders, based on 2,000 people who responded to an online poll. Their categories include motivations for riding along with preferences for infrastructure. More and more research indicates the importance of safe, comfortable connected bike networks to get people to try bicycling; the numbers in this study seem to bear that out.
Which would you say comes closest to describing you? Ask your friends to take the poll too.
From the article:
Path-using cyclists (36 percent) are motivated by the fun of riding, its convenience, and the identity that cycling gives them. They’d rather use a continuous route, rather than dodge cars. They were actively encouraged by their parents to ride for fitness and to get places.
Dedicated cyclists (24 percent) are motivated by speed, predictability and flexibility that bike trips offer. These cyclists are the least likely to be deterred by the weather. They aren’t as interested in bike paths, and actually enjoy riding in traffic. The researchers say these cyclists consider riding to be an important part of their identity.
Fairweather utilitarians (23 percent) are just that. They like to ride in good weather, and they’ll take another form of transportation in rain or snow. These are also bike path users, and they don’t necessarily see themselves as cyclists.
Leisure cyclists (17 percent) ride because it is fun, and not as much for commuting. They prefer bike paths, don’t like to deal with traffic, and want to feel safe, especially when riding with family members.
For more on the study see Who’s Out There On The Roads? The 4 Types Of Cyclists in Forbes.