Differences in cycling performance of Dutch and non-Dutch students in the Netherlands

Dick de Waard*, Alina Prey, Alena Mohr, Frank Westerhuis

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Thirty-seven young adult participants completed a bicycle ride through the city of Groningen. Behaviour of Dutch and non-Dutch cyclists was compared in three conditions: on a control track (i.e. a one-way bicycle path), on a complex intersection, and on a roundabout. Basic bicycle control of the two groups did not differ, neither did reported invested mental effort. However, non-Dutch participants made more serious errors in the experiment and reported to have had more crashes previous to the experiment. It is concluded that the performance of non-Dutch cyclists who continue cycling upon arrival in a new
country, does not differ on the control level, but at the higher manoeuvre level more performance errors were observed in the non-Dutch group.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)285-292
Number of pages8
JournalTransportation Research. Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour
Early online date30-Nov-2019
Publication statusPublished - Jan-2020


  • Cycling
  • student
  • new residents
  • Lane control

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