Set against the policy backcloth of the ‘30-minute City’ – that is an overall commuting budget of 1 hour per day comprised of about 30 minutes in the morning and 30 minutes in the evening – this thesis adopts an empirical approach to examine the role that cycling could play in achieving this policy goal. To this end the research spatially integrates a suite of formerly disparate data sources to unveil the key barriers in the cycle to work. This thesis draws on the concept of ‘cycling dissonance’, namely the mismatch between the potential and actual cycling commuting, to capture the part of commuting that could potentially be cycled but currently is not undertaken by this mode. Drawing on Brisbane as the case study context, cycling dissonance is examined across multiple spatial constructs namely: the ‘neighbourhoods’, the ‘nodes’ [i.e. the origin and destination of a commuting trip] and ‘streets’ [i.e. the road segments that comprise a commute trip] whilst embedding salient natural, built and social environment characteristics of the origin, destination and places visited over the course of a day by the commuter. The findings go some way to augmenting the current evidence base and hold utility in their capacity to inform smarter place-based policy to better direct finite resources aimed at maximising cycling commuting.

Funding: China Scholarship Council 

Advisors: Associate Professor Yan Liu, Professor Jonathan Corcoran

Project members

Lihong ZHANG

PhD Candidate