Zwahlen, Jurg2; Sulewski, Sharon2; Sacovitch, Stephen2; Jørgensen, Michael Søgaard3
1 Department of Technology and Social Sciences, Technical University of Denmark2 Worcester Polytechnic Institute3 Department of Management Engineering, Technical University of Denmark
The Dansk Cyklist Forbund (DCF) wanted to carry out an analysis of the use of an approximately two-kilometer section of walking path surrounding the Pebling and Sortedams lakes in the Nørrebro and Østerbro districts of Copenhagen, Denmark. The area of interest was located along the streets of Peblinge Dosseringen and Sortesø Dosseringen.In February of 1998 a proposal of legalizing bycycling along the lakes was turned down and the DCF wanted to determine who the objections came from, how the area’s residents, pedestrians and bicyclists viewed the situation, and how strong and well organized the opposition against the proposal was.The goal of this project was to identify categories of users that were opposed to bicycling on the Dosseringen of the Østerbro and Nørrebro District lakes in Copenhagen. The identification of the opposition and its strength, rationale and organization was in terms of age, gender, residency, frequency of use and their utilization of the area (i.e. walking, jogging, bicycling) as compared to the support for bicycling in the area. This was an Interactive Qualifying Project (IQP), that was designed to merge technical and scientific knowledge with society, and stresses the importance of this interaction.