Sotya Fevriera*, Henri L.F. de Groot, Peter Mulder

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Motorcycles dominate urban road traffic across Asia. We analyse how urban form influences preferences for motorcycle use, using a multinomial logistic regression model and data from a recent field study in the metropolitan area of Yogyakarta. We find that urban form explains about 20% of the observed variance in transport mode choice and that population density has a statistically significant positive effect on the likelihood of using a motorcycle for commuting. In addition, we find that the likelihood of choosing a motorcycle over other transport modes is highest for individuals living at intermediate distances from the city centre and that, in comparison with other transport modes, motorcycle use is most sensitive to travel distance. Our results suggest that a compact urban form, including a high population density and short commuting distances, may help in reducing the growth of motorcycle use in urban areas.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)203-232
Number of pages30
JournalBulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies
Issue number2
Early online date17 Aug 2021
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We thank Satya Wacana Christian University in Salatiga, Indonesia, and the Department of Spatial Economics at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands, for funding the survey that led to the research we report here. We thank the editors and anonymous referees of this journal for support and constructive comments. Sotya Fevriera is grateful to the Directorate General of Higher Education at the Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Indonesia for granting a scholarship to pursue a doctoral program at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, of which this article is one of the outcomes. This article was written while Peter Mulder worked at the Department of Spatial Economics at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

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  • commuting
  • Indonesia
  • motorcycle
  • population density
  • traffic
  • transport choice
  • urban form


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