Journal article

Do Northwestern and Southeastern Europe Share a Common “Cycling Mindset”? Comparative Analysis of Beliefs toward Cycling in the Netherlands and the Balkans

Dorina Pojani, Dukagjin Bakija, Entela Shkreli, Jonathan Corcoran, Iderlina Mateo-Babiano

European Journal of Transport and Infrastructure Research (EJTIR) | Delft Transport Institute | Published : 2017


Employing the theory of planned behavior for guidance, this study explores the similarities and differences in beliefs about the decisions to commute by bicycle to work in three small, cycling-oriented cities: Gouda (The Netherlands), Shkodra (Albania), and Peja (Kosovo). The setting in the Balkan Peninsula, a less developed region of Europe which has been more rarely the subject of scientific inquiry, has the potential to offer applicability to (smaller) developing cities. The study identifies the following themes or beliefs related to cycling: (1) health and exercise (2) environment (3) safety (4) enjoyment (5) convenience and practicality (6) financial savings (7) pride and tradition (8) ..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors would like to express their gratitude to (a) Delft University of Technology and the University of Queensland for funding portions of this research (b) all the volunteers in Albania, Kosovo, and the Netherlands, who participated in this study (c) Eva Heinen and Susan Handy for sharing the questionnaire of their study and (d) the research assistants in Albania and Kosovo who helped with the interviews and transcriptions.