The factors shaping car drivers’ attitudes towards cyclist and their impact on behaviour
Embargo Lift Date
MetadataShow full item record
Cycling for transportation has multiple benefits to both individuals and societies. However, in many countries, cycling rates are very low. One major deterrent is hostile or aggressive behaviours directed towards cyclists. Past research has established that negative attitudes towards cyclist are a major driver of aggressive behaviour. However, the attitudinal roots that motivate these negative attitudes are currently not well understood. This study investigates to what extent negative attitudes towards cyclists are rooted in a sense of attachment to cars, and environmental attitudes. Furthermore, the study examines whether the distinctiveness of group-membership of cyclists, as signalled by cycling attire, influences the link between attitudes and aggressive behaviours directed at cyclists. An online survey of 308 car drivers measured automobility and environmental attitudes, attitudes towards cyclist, and aggressive behaviour addressed at two groups of cyclists (lycra-clad or casually dressed cyclists). Hierarchical regression analyses showed that automobility attitudes, but not environmental attitudes, were associated with negative car driver attitudes towards cyclists. A significant link between negative attitudes towards cyclists and aggressive behaviour addressed at cyclists was not moderated by the type of cyclist shown. These findings provide a more refined understanding of the basis in which negative attitudes towards cyclists are rooted and how they affect driver behaviour. This research may inform campaigns and initiatives aimed at changing attitudes towards cyclists.
Showing items related by title, author, creator and subject.
Dumas, T.; Graham, Kathryn; Wells, S. (2015)© 2015, Alcohol Research Documentation Inc. All rights reserved. Objective: The purpose of this study was to assess (a) similarities in self-reported bar-aggression–related attitudes and behaviors among members of young ...
Warmerdam, A.; Newnam, S.; Wang, Y.; Sheppard, D.; Griffin, Mark; Stevenson, M. (2018)© 2018 Elsevier Ltd For organisations employing occupational light vehicle drivers, there are unique challenges to developing a safe working environment. Drawing on role theory, this study elaborates on these challenges ...
Lentillon-Kaestner, V.; Hagger, Martin; Hardcastle, S. (2012)The protection of the health of athletes is one of the three criteria taken into account when registering a substance in the World Anti-Doping Agency prohibited list. Nevertheless, in elite-level cycling, banned substance ...