Quotation Peer, Stefanie. 2019. To bike or not to bike? – Evidence from a university relocation. Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment. 70 49-69.




This paper investigates the determinants of cycling in a rather unique setting: the relocation of one of the largest Austrian universities from the North to the East of Vienna (a distance of approximately 5 km). We analyze the students’ cycling behavior before and after the university relocation based on a large-scale (retrospective) online survey. Unlike earlier studies on cycling determinants, which often suffer from endogeneity, we can exploit the fact that the university relocation causes commute-related variables to change exogenously, whereas socio-economic and attitudinal characteristics as well as the trip purpose remain constant. We find a large positive correlation in the propensity to cycle to the old and the new university location at the person level as well as substantial heterogeneity in cycling inclination across students, which can only partially be explained by socio-economic and attitudinal variables. Moreover, we find evidence that past cycling times form a reference point for future mode choice decisions.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment
Citation Index SSCI
WU-Journal-Rating new INF-A, STRAT-B, VW-C, WH-B
Language English
Title To bike or not to bike? – Evidence from a university relocation
Volume 70
Year 2019
Page from 49
Page to 69
Reviewed? Y
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.trd.2019.03.003
Open Access N


Peer, Stefanie (Details)
Institute for Multi-Level Governance and Development IN (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5300 Economics (Details)
5332 Transport economics (Details)
5351 Public economy (Details)
5915 Economic geography (Details)
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