Dublin cyclists' risk behaviour: comparison of observed and reported behaviour, cyclist level, personality and gender

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Waters, Sean
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BA (Hons) in Psychology
Dublin Business School
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A comprehensive analysis using naturalistic observation and self-report methods was undertaken to provide a better representation od Dublin cyclists' risk behaviour. Through multi-stage sampling 544 cyclists were observed at 4 locations across Dublin City. A self-report questionnaire including the Bif Five Inventory, Adolescent Cyclist Behaviour Questionnaire (ACBQ) and a perceived risk questionnaire was completed by 175 cyclists. Observational research found red light breaking and helmet use was higher than previous research suggested. No significant relationship between ACBQ scoring and cyclist level, neuroticism scoring or gender was found. The percaived risk of cycling in Dublin is lower than previously reported. Cyclists view their own behaviour as less risky than other cyclists. Risk behaviour tendencies may be domain specific. Author keywords: risk behaviour, gender, neuroticism, cycling, cyclist level