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Journal Article

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infrastructure - vehicle, ridership - commuting, ridership - commuting, ridership - demand, place - urban, mode - bike


Urban transportation policy, Urban transit, Trip length, Travel models (Travel demand), Travel distance, Travel demand, Travel by vehicle type, Travel by mode, Travel behavior, Santiago (Chile), Cycling, Bicycling, Bicycle usage, Bicycle travel, Bicycle commuting


This study examines the use of bicycles as an alternative mode of transport in Santiago, Chile. The authors consider the incorporation of a dense network of cycle-ways, fully segregated from motorized traffic, and the inclusion of adequate bicycle shelter facilities at subway, suburban train, and selected segregated bus-way stations. The authors also designed and apply a methodology that includes: 1) a review of national and international experience; 2) focus group surveys; 3) a household survey including stated preference experiments for potential bicycle users; 4) estimation of various models with this data; and 5) model applications using extra data available for all of Santiago. These results indicate that there are sectors of the city where bicycles could capture more than 10% of the trips, and that, on average, the use of bicycles could jump from its current 1.6% to approximately 5.8%. Finally, results also show clearly that trip length is a fundamental variable; therefore, land use policies geared to the development of urban sub-centers could have a major impact in the future of bicycle transport.


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