Because it is difficult to disentangle the effects of generally favorable conditions, such as climate, from Bocholt program effects, "control" communities with similar conditions but without bicycle programs were examined. A survey was undertaken in Woodland, CA, a city of about the same population size located near Davis. With the same climate and topography, but without Davis' bicycle program, bicycles were viewed as incidental. Respondents lacked contact with bikeways and had no opinion about them. While Woodland children did ride bicycles to school, only 7% of high school students not bussed rode bicycles compared with 6,045 in Davis. For junior high school students, the comparable figures were 38% in Woodland compared with 80% in Davis.
--Marda Formann Mayo, Bicycling and Air Quality Information Document, prepared for USEPA by Abt Associates, Sept. 1979.
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