Study of people’s attitudes towards cycling in Long Xuyen, Vietnam
AuthorVo, Thi Hong Nhung
AffiliationOffice for Environmental Programs
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Document TypeMasters Coursework thesis
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© 2017 Thi Hong Nhung Vo
Cities in Vietnam are facing problems derived from the rapid growth of motorised vehicles in urban transportation. Recently, the promotion of cycling has received strong support from the government and there has been a call for changes in urban planning to create more suitable environment for cycling in Vietnam. However, knowledge in this field is limited since the travel behavior literature in Vietnam focused on other travel modes rather than bicycle, and the context of small cities was largely ignored. The aim of this research is to understand people’s attitudes towards cycling in a small city like Long Xuyen. This serves as an exploratory study to inform and develop future research on this issue. A qualitative approach was used to identify the main influences affecting people’s cycling decision, and their perceived barriers when cycling in Long Xuyen. The results showed that people’s cycling choice was affected by attitudinal factors such as personal concerns about health, the environment, safety, mobility, pace, speed and travel time. Other factors of subjective norm were found influenced people’s cycling decision such as recommendations from parents and friends, and social norms of cyclists’ low status. Cycling choice was also affected by factors of perceived behavioral control such as travel distances, costs, road surface quality, climate and weather. Interestingly, habit was also found impacted people’s choice of cycling. Regarding the current cycling condition in Long Xuyen, people particularly concerned with issues such as road surface quality, trees and green spaces, crowded streets, cycling facilities and traffic awareness.
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