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Cycle commuting and perceptions of barriers stages of change, gender and occupation

Cycle commuting and perceptions of barriers stages of change, gender and occupation Purpose The aim of this study is to investigate perceptions of cycle commuting barriers in relation to stage of change, gender and occupational role. Stage of change is a key construct of the transtheoretical model of behaviour change that defines behavioural readiness intentions and actions into five distinct categories.Designmethodologyapproach A crosssectional online questionnaire was completed by staff and PhD students n831 based in cyclefriendly buildings in a large UK university. The questionnaire included questions relating to demographics, stages of behaviour change and 18 potential barriers. Data were analysed using ttests, oneway ANOVAs and twoway ANOVAs.Findings Overall, environmental factors were perceived as the biggest barriers to cycle commuting. However, perceptions of cycle commuting barriers significantly differed between stages of change, genders and occupational roles. Precontemplators, females and support staff commonly perceived greater barriers to cycle commuting compared to maintainers, males and academic staff.Practical implications The results indicate that tailored individuallevel behaviour change interventions focusing on reducing perceptions of barriers that take into account stage of change, gender and occupational differences may play a role in encouraging people to cycle to work.Originalityvalue The study reveals evidence of a significant subjective element involved in perception formation of some potential barriers associated with cycle commuting. Women not only hold stronger perceptions compared to males of riskorientated barriers but also of more general barriers associated with cycle commuting. The findings also suggest that occupational roles may influence an individual's perceptions of cycle commuting barriers. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Health Education Emerald Publishing

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Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN
0965-4283
DOI
10.1108/09654281111180472
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Abstract

Purpose The aim of this study is to investigate perceptions of cycle commuting barriers in relation to stage of change, gender and occupational role. Stage of change is a key construct of the transtheoretical model of behaviour change that defines behavioural readiness intentions and actions into five distinct categories.Designmethodologyapproach A crosssectional online questionnaire was completed by staff and PhD students n831 based in cyclefriendly buildings in a large UK university. The questionnaire included questions relating to demographics, stages of behaviour change and 18 potential barriers. Data were analysed using ttests, oneway ANOVAs and twoway ANOVAs.Findings Overall, environmental factors were perceived as the biggest barriers to cycle commuting. However, perceptions of cycle commuting barriers significantly differed between stages of change, genders and occupational roles. Precontemplators, females and support staff commonly perceived greater barriers to cycle commuting compared to maintainers, males and academic staff.Practical implications The results indicate that tailored individuallevel behaviour change interventions focusing on reducing perceptions of barriers that take into account stage of change, gender and occupational differences may play a role in encouraging people to cycle to work.Originalityvalue The study reveals evidence of a significant subjective element involved in perception formation of some potential barriers associated with cycle commuting. Women not only hold stronger perceptions compared to males of riskorientated barriers but also of more general barriers associated with cycle commuting. The findings also suggest that occupational roles may influence an individual's perceptions of cycle commuting barriers.

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Health EducationEmerald Publishing

Published: Oct 18, 2011

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