The Impact of Regular Outdoor Cycling and Gender on Technology Trust and Distrust in Cars, and on Anxiety

Klemens Weigl, Klemens Weigl

Abstract

Regular cycling is well-known for its numerous benefits on physiological and mental health. However, cyclists are confronted with numerous other road users with different modes of transport which are more harmful to nature and may be even more dangerous. As yet, there has been no study which focuses jointly on the potential influence of trust and distrust in cars, anxiety, age, and gender in the context of regular outdoor cycling. Consequently, we carried out a questionnaire study and queried 114 participants (60 female (34 cyclists); 54 male (32 cyclists)). We assessed trust and distrust in cars, trait anxiety in a non-clinical context, age, and gender. Our results reveal that cyclists rate distrust in cars with significantly greater values when compared to non-cyclists. Moreover, we found that women assign substantially lower ratings to trust and higher ratings to distrust in cars than men, regardless whether they are cyclists or not. Additionally, women report significantly higher values on anxiety in a non-clinical context. Finally, our results indicate that older people are less likely to engage with regular outdoor cycling. We conclude that female and male cyclists are more critical on distrust in cars than non-cyclists, though they are not more anxious.

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