The use of self-monitoring solutions amongst cyclists: An online survey and empirical study

Lukasz Piwek, Adam Joinson, James Morvan

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Self-monitoring has been shown to be one of the most efficient behaviour change techniques to promote physical activity. However, there has been no research on the exact nature and impact of using various self-monitoring solutions (e.g. cycle computer, cadence monitor, smartphone' physical activity apps) amongst cyclists. Initially, an online survey was conducted with 227 adults who did or did not use self-monitoring solutions with their cycling. We found that the most important features for cyclists who use self-monitoring are: time it takes to travel, cycling speed, and distance covered. In contrast, cyclists who do not use self-monitoring perceived features related to location (e.g. directions with maps) as the most important ones. In a subsequent study we included self-monitoring solutions as a part of mixed-design, small-scale, longitudinal intervention aimed at changing transportation patterns. We found that self-monitoring is mainly suitable for performance oriented cyclists rather then recreational cyclists. We discuss the implications of those results for designing interventions to promote cycling.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)126-136
Number of pages11
JournalTransportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice
Early online date15 May 2015
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2015


  • Bicycling
  • Cycling
  • Intervention
  • Self-monitoring
  • Wearable computing


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