Special Issue "Bicycling Today: Establishing and Learning from the State of the Art"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Transportation".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Alexandros Nikitas
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Guest Editor
Huddersfield Business School, University of Huddersfield, Queensgate, Huddersfield HD1 3DH, UK
Interests: sustainable transport; travel behaviour change; shared use mobility; active transport; bicycling; bike-sharing; connected and autonomous vehicles; MaaS
Dr. Efthimios Bakogiannis
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Guest Editor
Sustainable Mobility Unit, National Technical University Athens, Athens 15780, Greece
Interests: sustainable transport; bicycling; sharing; mobility

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

For decades, the automobile has redefined cities and societies reaching the status of urban development’s prime cornestone. Since car use has been linked with increased greenhouse gas emissions, local air and noise pollution, climate change, traffic accidents, chronic diseases, declines in physical activity and obesity, this era of car-dictated thinking needs to reach an end in favour of a ‘new day’ marked by a more balanced modal share.

One of the keys towards such a mobility paradigm transition is replacing a significant proportion of car trips with active transportation options. The fact that about half of all car trips are less than five miles underlines how critical, and potentially achievable, this ‘replacement’ task is for transport policymakers.

Cycling, a travel mode that typically allows road users to travel three to five times longer access distances than walking and access a 25 times larger area, should be central to this task, especially because of its potential to develop a symbiotic relationship with public transport through its capacity to provide flexible last mile services. Cycling is sustainable, energy-efficient, inexpensive and improves health and fitness and slowly but steadily, at least for some parts of the world, is regaining some momentum after being in the shadows of cars for too long. However, the establishement and promotion of bike-friendly planning, design, transport policy and infrastructure investments do not necessarily always replicate this trend. Research needs to demonstrate opportunities and challenges in nurturing a procycling ethos and support knowledge exchange of best practice lessons.

This Special Issue endeavours to create an interdisciplinary forum that will focus on cycling research advancements and welcomes papers that examine:

  • the environmental, health and societal impact of cycling;
  • cycling and travel behaviour in metropolitan, urban and rural areas;
  • perceptions/attitudes reflecting and affecting cycling use and uptake;
  • pro-cycling transport policies and interventions and their impact on cycling adoption and bike usage rates;
  • case studies and best practice in bicycling;
  • bike-sharing successes and failures (for station-based or dockless bike fleets);
  • electric/pedal assisting bicycling usage and acceptance;
  • synergies between cycling and public transport;
  • synergies between cycling and walking;
  • bicycling safety;
  • cycling infrastructure and urban planning;
  • cycling as a means of nurturing a more sustainable mobility ethos.

Dr. Alexandros Nikitas
Dr. Efthimios Bakogiannis
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Cycling
  • Bicycling
  • Electric bicycles
  • Pedal assisting bicycles
  • Bike-sharing
  • Public bicycles
  • Transport policy
  • Travel behaviour

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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