Cycling to School: Exploring Key Factors Influencing School-Going Children's Mobility Choice to Cycle in Tallinn, Estonia

Õnne Kask, W.G.Z. Tan*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Cycling and other active travel modes have dominated sustainable transportation policy agenda of many cities worldwide. Cycling is deemed beneficial for individuals’ health and well-being while contributing to liveability. While Amsterdam and Copenhagen are considered frontrunners in cycling, others are only taking their first steps. Tallinn, Estonia belongs to the latter category, setting up their first Cycling Strategy in 2018. Amongst other measures, the strategy aims to make cycling safer and more attractive in the vicinity of schools in order to increase the share of cycling to school to 25% by 2027. This demographic group are seen as a crucial to influence the potential future of Tallinn’s cycling culture. Despite the abundant literature on cycling, there is little to no focus on children in aspirational cycling cities. This research explores factors that influence cycling to school in Tallinn among children in the ages of 13-16. The research includes street observations, a survey (n = 511) at various schools and focus groups sessions with children, parents and mobility experts. The findings support the need for comprehensive strategies including cycling infrastructure modifications and convenient cycle parking facilities together with promotional campaigns designated for children and parents.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAESOP 2019 Conference - Book of papers
Subtitle of host publicationPlanning for transition
ISBN (Print)9788899243937
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2019
EventAESOP Annual Congress, Venice,2019 - Venice, Italy
Duration: 9 Jul 201913 Jul 2019


ConferenceAESOP Annual Congress, Venice,2019


  • Mobility inequality
  • mobility
  • urban planning
  • Tallinn

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    The emergence of mobility inequality in Greater Jakarta, Indonesia: A socio-spatial analysis of path dependencies in transport-land use policies

    Hidayati, I., Yamu, C. & Tan, W., 18 Sep 2019, In : Sustainability (Switzerland). 11, 18, 5115.

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  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    The Missing Link: Sustainable Mobility for Sustainable Cities and Communities

    Tan, W. G. Z., Dec 2018, Sustainable Development Goals in Southeast Asia and ASEAN : National and Regional Approaches. Holzhacker, R. & Agussalim, D. (eds.). Brill, p. 210-231 (Political Ecology in the Asia Pacific Region; vol. 1).

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    Open Access
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    Forum on the upscaling of urban experiments

    W.W.Y. Tan (Invited speaker)

    7 Mar 2019

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