Analysis of heart rate variability amongst cyclists under perceived variations of risk exposure

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dc.contributor.authorDoorley, Ronan-
dc.contributor.authorPakrashi, Vikram-
dc.contributor.authorByrne, Eoin-
dc.contributor.authoret al.- Elsevieren_US
dc.identifier.citationTransportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviouren_US
dc.description.abstractCycling as a mode of travel provides an opportunity for many people to increase their levels of regular physical activity and contribute to their mental and physical health. Heart rate is often used as a means of measuring the intensity and energy expenditure of physical activity. However, heart rate is also linked to emotional factors such as anxiety and fear. Perceptions of risk due to external factors such as other road users and infrastructure may arouse such emotions in urban cyclists. The present study set out to investigate whether or not perceptions of risk among urban cyclists may lead to increased heart rates. Cyclists completed a test route in normal traffic conditions in Cork, Ireland and heart rates and self-reported risk ratings were recorded in real time. Evidence was found of a link between perceptions of risk and heart rates. This raises questions regarding the use of heart rate to estimate exercise intensity and energy expenditure during urban cycling. The perceptions of cyclists of their safety in relation to various road elements on familiar routes were also assessed, as well as specific events which they perceive to be high in risk. The results indicate that incidents involving car traffic and busy roads which offer no protection from interaction with car traffic are associated with greatest perceptions of risk.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipEnvironmental Protection Agencyen_US
dc.rightsThis is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour (28, (2014))
dc.subjectPerceived risken_US
dc.subjectHeart rateen_US
dc.subjectExercise intensityen_US
dc.titleAnalysis of heart rate variability amongst cyclists under perceived variations of risk exposureen_US
dc.typeJournal Articleen_US
dc.statusPeer revieweden_US
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