Backhaus Norman

Wahrnehmung des Ofenpasses und des Schweizerischen Nationalparks aus Sicht der Motorradreisenden
The perception of the Ofenpass and the Swiss National Park from the perspective of the motorcyclists

Project Number: CH-4483
Project Type: Master
Project Duration: 04/01/2011 - 07/31/2012 project completed
Funding Source: other ,
Project Leader: Prof. Norman Backhaus
Geographisches Institut - Human Geography
Universität Zürich
Winterthurerstr. 190 - Irchel
8057 Zürich
Phone: +41 (0) 44 635 51 72 ; +41 (0) 44 635 51 11
FAX: +41 (0) 44 635 68 48
e-Mail: norman.backhaus(at)

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Legal and Social sciences, Economics
Social geography and Ecology

Geography, motorcycle, protected area, noise


Leading questions:
How do motorcyclists perceive the Swiss Nationalpark? Noise emissions by motor-bicycles driving over Ofenpass are often regarded as disturbing by visitors to the Swiss National Park. Some of the visitors are calling for a reduction of this noise or even opt for a ban of motor-bicycles on the Ofenpass road. However, motor-bicyclists are also spending money in the region and contribute to the economic wellbeing of its inhabitants. The master thesis aims at the behaviour of motor-bicyclists and seeks to get information about their itinerary, their spending behaviour, and their perception of the park and the noise they are producing. Qualitative interviews and questionnaires during the summer months of 2011 are envisaged to get in-depth information about this special group of visitors to the park region.

Jauss A 2012: Motorradreisende am Ofenpass: Wahrnehmung des Ofenpasses und des Schweizerischen Nationalparks aus der Sicht der Motorradreisenden. Masterarbeit am Geographischen Institut der Universität Zürich Andrea Jauss, Norman Backhaus (2013). Motorcycling over the Ofenpass: perception of the Swiss National Park and the Ofenpass from the perspective of motorcyclists. eco.mont 5-1, 19-26.
doi: 10.1553/eco.mont-5-1s19

Last update: 10/15/15
Source of data: ProClim- Research InfoSystem (1993-2020)
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