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Barns perspektiv på cykling i trafikerade stadsmiljöer: En studie om trafikplanering av cykelvägar på Linnégatan i Göteborg utifrån barns perspektiv
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Geography and Economic History, Economic and social geography.
2016 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study was to investigate children’s own experience of cycling in a busy urban environment and how children’s understanding of the place can be used in the planning of cycle paths, suitable for children. The primary focus of the study was children’s own perspectives on cycling in busy urban environments and on the environmental factors that affect children’s view on the subject. The study examines child’s relationship to cycling in their everyday life, children’s view on their ability to interact, play and learn in a busy urban environment and their perspective of safety and security in the selected urban area, that was chosen for this study. In addition, the study aim to examine how children communicate their perspectives of places. The method that was used was based on a walk along interview with five children, whom all had reached an age, mature enough to cycle independently. By making use of walk as a method, it was possible to obtain detailed knowledge, where the children express their view and thoughts about the physical environment in direct contact with it. The use of walk as a method gives children the opportunity to express themselves in ways other than verbally.

The study is based on three key planning concepts regarding children in the physical environment; everyday life, interact, play and learning and health and safety. The study revealed key themes such as children’s perception of their own responsibility, independence, experience and habits. In addition, there were recurring themes, such as ambiguity, discontinuity, clutter and proximity to the cars. These were all factors that led to perceive the busy urban environment as unsafe. Finally, the children suggested clearer markings on the bike path instead of having identical signs for cyclists and motorists, as this created a sense of insecurity in the busy urban environment. Bike paths that lay next to the road should be separated by some kind of railing, to enhance the sense of security. Noted during the walk was that children favoured traffic lights rather that unsupervised pedestrian crossings. However, the children felt that it was necessary to acquire habit and experience to feel safe cycling in busy urban environments.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 43 p.
Keyword [en]
Bicycle, children, child's perspective, children's geography, cognitive developmental psychology, cycle path, traffic planning
National Category
Human Geography
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-121951OAI: diva2:935595
External cooperation
Göteborgs Stad Trafikkontoret
Educational program
Programme in Urban and Regional Planning; Programme in Urban and Regional Planning
Available from: 2016-06-16 Created: 2016-06-11 Last updated: 2016-06-16Bibliographically approved

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