Individual and external catalysts and barriers of biking: A community based study in a metropolis

Vakili, V. and Jarahi, L. and Bazzaz, S. M. M. and Shojaee, P. (2016) Individual and external catalysts and barriers of biking: A community based study in a metropolis. Asian Journal of Pharmaceutical Research and Health Care, 8. pp. 49-54.

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Biking has proven health, environmental and traffic benefits. To prevail biking at community infrastructures and "Bicycle Sharing Systems (BSS)" have been developed, but their effectiveness is dependent on people-s attitudes and perceptions. We aim to investigate attitudes of people toward biking and related infrastructures with regard to demographic factors in Mashhad, Iran-a metropolis with unsuccessful BSS. The present work was conducted as a cross-sectional study at Mashhad, Iran, in 2015. In a multistage sampling, adult inhabitants were selected and data about their perceptions of benefits and barriers of biking were collected through a researcher-designed questionnaire. Of 437 study participants with a mean (±SD) age of 29.9 (±11.3) years, 250 (57.3) were female. Only 3 (0.7) of respondents used bikes. Positive attitudes were significantly associated with gender, marital status and occupation of participants. Car ownership was accompanied by higher perceptions of "tiredness of biking"(p=0.02), its "low safety" (p=0.02) and "time wasting" (p=0.01). According to the results, cultural interventions are needed for biking promotion regardless of their socioeconomic status. Educational programs at academic settings are also valuable. Safety, convenience, and affordability of different groups of populations (like elderly and deprived people) should be regarded during designing and constructing biking infrastructures and setting participation rules. © 2016 Journal of Pharmaceutical Research and Health Care. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Export Date: 16 February 2020 Correspondence Address: Shojaee, P.; Department of Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Mashhad University of Medical SciencesIran; email:
Uncontrolled Keywords: Attitudes Barriers Bicycle sharing system Biking Infrastructures Perceptions adult aged Article attitude to health controlled study cross-sectional study cultural factor cycling demography female gender human Iran male marriage occupation questionnaire social status traffic safety
Subjects: QT physiology
Divisions: Mashhad University of Medical Sciences
Depositing User: mr lib4 lib4
Date Deposited: 04 Mar 2020 04:43
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2020 04:43

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