Popularity of bicycle riding has grown in German cities. The attractiveness grows especially where a combination with the public transport infrastructure is uncomplicated and easy. Still, many obstacles can be found e.g. with capacity shortfalls or unsafe bicycle racks. To fulfill both socially as well as economically sound measures, typical habits and attitudes from (potential) bicyclists have to be measured on a detailed level.
Conventional survey methods often replicate a very subjective feeling of the interviewee. The numbers on actual mobility behaviour stay vague. The InnoZ has used its in-house smartphone tracking technology with the application modalyzer to gain a better picture. modalyzer is a digital trip diary, which automatically detects mode type, duration and length of recent trips and legs. A comprehensive set of trips – 6 000 days with 270 000 km from 151 persons – could be gained this way.
The study shows how intermodal linkage of bicycle and public transport works during a Berliner’s typical day. By detecting current pressure points, recommendations for measures could be drawn. Planners and public transport operators could as a result be consulted on where and how to invest in bicycle infrastructure, so that it is meaningful to its users.