Research has shown that cycling and other micro-mobility modes such as e-scooters have great potential for our daily mobility. This is particularly true in urban areas, where distances are smaller, but emerging e-cycling technology will most likely further increase this potential to other areas. Due to COVID and climate crises, a renewed focus in cycling and other modes of micro-mobility have emerged and many cities develop strategies for investments in infrastructure and regulations for emerging shared micro-mobility solutions.
For cycling, research indicates major welfare benefits, including public health effects, reduced congestion, reduced use of space in cities, reduced pollution, and a more liveable urban environment. Even though Denmark has a rather high share of cycling as a transport mode, it has historically received little attention compared to infrastructure investments for cars and public transport. A typical problem is that current methods analysing cyclists’ behaviour, are often adaptions of methods developed for car traffic. Facilitated by better quantitative analyses, it would be easier for politicians to prioritize and argue for more investments in cycling.
In the cycling and micro-mobility theme, we seek to provide better methods for analysing and quantifying the effects of development and investments in cycling and micro-mobility. Our research areas embrace a range of topics, e.g., bicycle infrastructure design with the aim of improving bicycle flows, safe bicycling for children and optimal strategies for infrastructure investments and shared micro-mobility. A better understanding of the behaviour of users of micro-mobility and users of shared micro-mobility solutions will lead to more dedicated funding, more efficient shared mobility regulation, better prioritization of specific projects and thus higher market share resulting in higher welfare benefits from transport investments.
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