Bicycle Challenges PhD: Cycling-as-a-Service in the Netherlands (2017-20)
Welcome to the personal website of Brett Petzer, PhD candidate at the Eindhoven Technical University, working within the Sustainable Urban Mobility (SUM) PhD Program: Bicycle Challenges.
About My Project
With funding from NWO, Pon Holdings, the Rijkswaterstaat, the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, and the TU/e, my project seeks to describe the role of cycling-as-a-service in the urban mobility system of the Netherlands, both now and in the future. This research trajectory lies at the confluence of broader trends like the sharing economy (shared mobility, bikeshare), modal integration (the transition to seamless multimodal travel), and sustainability transitions. My PhD project seeks to do the following:
- Define cycling-as-a-service in the Dutch context, examine the business models that these services embed, and provide a critique of these from a transport justice (Martens, 2017) perspective.
- Describe the state of modal integration in the Netherlands now and its trajectories into the future, and examine how the potential of cycling-as-a-service as a connecting mode could be fully realised within these.
- Establish how cycling-as-a-service could contribute to a sustainable urban mobility transition in the urban Netherlands, and the organisational, regulatory and socio-technical conditions required to support this.
- Describe how the above could be implemented (that is, deliver a framework for policy design).
Phases of this Project:
Phase I (2017)
At present (August 2017), I am soliciting pilot interview subjects who are active in the cycling-as-a-service (deelfiets) world in the Netherlands. Thereafter, I aim to interview entrepreneurs and those involved in providing cycling-as-a-service (bikeshare operators, providers of related services) as a way of understanding the business models at work in this sector. Finally, I aim to interview public-sector stakeholders responsible for cycling-as-a-service, especially in the communities in which the previous group is operational.
Feedback and Interest
If you are working in the field of cycling-as-a-service in the Netherlands, or have opinions on this subject, I would like to hear from you, and potentially interview you. Please contact me using the form below, and I will get back to you as soon as possible.