Title

THE ACCESSIBILITY OF RAILWAY STATIONS: THE ROLE OF THE BICYCLE IN THE NETHERLANDS

Authors

Piet Rietveld

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

2000

Subject Area

infrastructure - station, infrastructure - vehicle, land use - planning, ridership - mode choice, ridership - commuting, mode - rail, mode - bike

Keywords

Vehicle passenger service, Transportation policy, Transportation planning, Railroad transportation, Railroad stations, Rail transportation, Rail transit, Netherlands, Multimodal transportation, Multimodal systems, Mode choice, Modal choice, Commuting, Choice of transportation, Bicycle usage, Bicycle travel, Bicycle commuting, Accessibility

Abstract

The market potential of railway services depends on the quality of the various commuter options that are available to get riders from their point of origin to rail stations. In the Netherlands, where natural conditions and infrastructure are conducive to using them, bicycles are a potentially attractive access mode for railways since they allow travelers to avoid waiting at bus, metro, or tram stops. Especially at the home end, the bicycle appears to play a large role as an access mode with a user share of 35%. At the activity end, the share is much less. Implications are discussed for policies aiming at increasing the share of multimodal trips. Also, physical planning implications are considered.

Comments

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