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JIAAP July 2016
Emotions and two-wheeler riding: Perspectives of College-going youth riders
Seema Mehrotra, Paulomi M. Sudhir, Manoj K. Sharma, Neelima Chakraborty, Rajeev Joseph Michael, Rajesh Kumar R. and Humera Banu, NIMHANS, Bengaluru, India
Motorized two-wheeler riders are one among the most vulnerable Indian road users. However, there is limited research on psychological factors that are likely to influence riding behaviours of youth. The present paper focuses on exploring and documenting emotional states associated with two-wheeler riding in urban Indian youth. The study sampled 1,650 youth, aged between 17-30 years, from 30 educational institutes in Bangalore and Delhi. A Riding Survey developed during the pilot phase was used for data collection. Positive emotional states were commonly reported to be associated with riding and a sense of freedom was one of the commonest factors that were linked to the same, from the perspectives of the youth. Other than commuting, riding for fun (54%) and riding for relaxation (30%), relief from boredom (22%) and getting away from distress (17%) were endorsed as some of the reasons for taking out the two-wheeler.. Seeking a sense of power and control, seeking joy, seeking relief from anger or feeling upset were reported by varying proportions of young riders as some of the reasons for speeding. This exploratory survey highlights an urgent need for addressing the role of emotions in preventive intervention programs that target young two-wheeler riders. Keywords: Aggressive riding, Road safety, Two-wheeler riders, Emotions on roads