Promoting sustainable mobility: Impact of an urban biking programme on university students

Milena Adaros-Boye, Daniel Duclos-Bastías, Frano Giakoni-Ramírez, Luis Espinoza-Oteiza, Carolina Cid-Robles, Jorge Gálvez-Carvajal., Carlos Matus-Castillo

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The use of bicycles is an active and sustainable mode of transport par excellence. It is a way of increasing people’s physical activity time and should therefore be promoted in educational contexts. The aim of this research was to evaluate the effectiveness of an urban bicycle programme in a sample of 164 university students (n = 164), 88 women and 76 men, using a standardised instrument with pre and post measures after a theoretical–practical intervention. The sample was divided into an intervention group (n = 122) with 69 women and 53 men; and a control group (n = 42) with 19 women and 23 men. The instrument considered conceptual and attitudinal aspects. The results showed that participants in the intervention group obtained statistically significant improvements (p ≤ 0.05) in the measurement. No significant improvements were observed in the control group (p = 0.35), which means that the urban intervention programme is an effective method for increasing bicycling knowledge and attitudes in the university students who participated in the experience.

Original languageEnglish
Article number12546
JournalSustainability (Switzerland)
Issue number22
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Intervention
  • Physical activity
  • Safety
  • University students
  • Urban biking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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