Conceptualizing cycling experience in urban design research: a systematic literature review

George Liu (Corresponding author), Sukanya Krishnamurthy, Pieter van Wesemael

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By conceptualizing a link between the cycling experience and the associated methods in understanding the former, the perspective of a cyclist is highlighted as an opportunity for research in urban design. A systematic review of 20 empirical papers across a variety of disciplines covering both walking and cycling experiences was conducted. This paper links social, sensory and spatial experiences, and connects these experiences to textual, visual and evaluative methodologies. This paper proposes how cycling can be considered in design research; it also provides an insight into how various methods enhance our understanding of cyclists and their surroundings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)92-108
Number of pages17
JournalApplied Mobilities
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work is part of the research programme Smart Cycling Futures with project number 438-15-160, which is partly financed by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek [438-15-160]; We would like to acknowledge Marco te Br?mmelstroet, Anna Nikolaeva and other members of the University of Amsterdam PUMA research group and our colleagues in the Smart Cycling Futures research programme for sharing their experiences and moments of inspiration that have shaped this paper.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2018 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.


  • Cycling
  • methodology
  • mobile experience
  • movement


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