Organisatie - 21 april 2016

Hard to get more people on their bikes

Roelof Kleis

Many of Wageningen UR’s staff and students come to class or work by bike. And the rest? Can we get them out of their cars? Little chance, a study shows.

Illustration Geert-Jan Bruins

The daily jams on the Mansholtlaan tell a clear story: Wageningen UR has an accessibility problem. Expressed in scores, staff give the campus six out of ten on this point. That is an average for all means of transport; the score for access by car is a little lower. Students are more positive, giving the campus seven out of ten for accessibility. This is because the majority of students live in Wageningen, come by bike and never have to queue. That is, if you don’t count the daily bike jams on the Churchillweg.

More sustainable


These grades come from the latest mobility survey by DTV Consultants, in which students and staff were invited to take part in December. The results provide a nice, representative picture of how we get to the campus, how many kilometres we cover, how long that takes and what scope there is for doing things more sustainably. This was the first such study among students; a similar study among staff was done four years ago.

Accessibility by car was considered barely passable but public transport scored no higher, with a six. Strikingly, the new bus lane across the campus does not seem to have changed much in this regard. Only 3 percent of staff say the new line has influenced their choice of transport. Three quarters of the students cycle to class; the rest come by train or bus. One in 20 students comes by car. The bicycle is popular among staff too, with half the staff cycling to work. That is a lot: one in three counts as a reasonable score nationwide. And yet the proportion of cyclists has dropped by 4 percent compared with four years ago. It is not clear why that it. It might be due to the expansion of the campus, with some departments having moved there from elsewhere in Wageningen.

Half the staff and as many as two thirds of the students say they get held up on their commute to work or class. The issues they mention are access to the campus, the number of bicycles on the Bornsesteeg and the jams on the Mansholtlaan. These bottlenecks are being addressed, mind you. Plans for widening the Mansholtlaan and the Nijenoord Allee are in the advanced stages, as are plans for a northern access road onto the campus. A flyover roundabout at the Bornsesteeg should improve the traffic flow for the crowds of cyclists there.

Out of the car

An interesting question is whether it will be possible to get people out of their cars. ‘Smart travel’ is what DTV Consultants call the aim: going by car when necessary, taking public transport whenever possible. Could we commute more smartly? In theory we could. For every car driver, DTV looked into whether the bicycle, bus or train could be an option. In terms of transport, cycling would be feasible for one in five drivers (the journey is less than 15 kilometres). And one in 20 drivers who live further away could come by public transport.

But it is not as simple as that in reality. Studies elsewhere show that only one in five car drivers are willing to switch to another means of transport. The implication of that for Wageningen is that targeted campaigns won’t persuade more than 2 percent of those currently coming by car to leave it at home.

Reacties 7

  • Steven

    Als mensen liever met de auto gaan dan met de fiets, dan kiezen ze er dus bewust voor om allemaal samen een file te vormen. Iedereen blij.

  • Patrick Jansen

    Waar kunnen we dit rapport vinden om het zelf te lezen?

    • Roelof Kleis

      Het onderzoeksrapport is nog niet online. Je kunt proberen een kopie te krijgen via projectleider Erna Maters.

  • JW

    Heel simpel 40 km ga je niet op de fiets doen! Een groot gedeelte van de mensen komt met de auto en blijft komen met de auto.

    Voorkom dat die 30% van de medewerkers pakweg 10 minuten per dag stil staan met draaiende motor en je het is gelijk beter voor portemenee en mileu.

  • Roelof Kleis

    #Els. Goed gezien. Ik heb me hetzelfde afgevraagd. Medewerkers fietsen op basis van deze enquête 20 km/uur. Ook nogal aan de hoge kant. Schatten studenten hun reistijd zo slecht in? Een gemiddelde van 7,5 km enkele reis lijkt me ook veel. Dan moeten veel studenten van buiten Wageningen komen fietsen, anders kom je niet aan zo'n afstand. Conclusie: je moet dit soort gegevens met de nodige scepsis bekijken.

    • Kees

      Conclusie: dit veel te dure onderzoeksbureau heeft gefaald.

  • Els Jansen

    Merkwaardig: Studenten fietsen gemiddeld 7,5 km enkele reis en ze doen daar gemiddeld 13 minuten over. Ik zie weinig studenten met zo'n 35 km/h voorbij komen. Waar zit de fout?

    • fret

      Inderdaad, mijn wenkbrauwen hadden de frons-stand ook al aangenomen...

  • ries

    DE trein, alles is opgelost

  • Gerrit van Eijk

    'Dagelijkse opstopping op de Churchillweg'...

    Onderzoek gerust andere routes, exploreer.
    Bijvoorbeeld vanaf Haarweg/Marijkeweg via fietsstraat Kortenoord Allee richting Rijnveste en dan Huszarlaan, of Nijenoord Allee
    Of al direct vanaf hoek Marijkeweg westelijk langs wijk Kortenoord richting Rijnveste.
    Of op (rotonde) Rooseveltweg richting Dijkgraaf: rechtstreeks breed fietspad, rechttoe rechtaan de Campus op, parallel aan de Busbaan (lijn 84, 44/45).
    Die route naar West-ingang Campus staat met borden aangegeven.
    Deze beborde Campusroute fietst sneller èn veiliger - voor jong en oud - dan de sluiproute, die dwars door compacte woon- en basisscholenwijk Tarthorst gaat en uitmondt op Chur-chill-weg (waar je wel gratis extra chill-tijd krijgt..., dat dan weer wel...).