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Citation

Vos JD, Schwanen T, Acker VV, Witlox F. Int. J. Sustain. Transp. 2019; 13(3): 180-196.

Copyright

(Copyright © 2019, Informa - Taylor and Francis Group)

DOI

10.1080/15568318.2018.1456580

PMID

unavailable

Abstract

Previous studies have indicated that travel satisfaction - the experienced emotions during, and cognitive evaluation of, a trip - can be affected by travel mode choice and other trip characteristics. However, as satisfactory trips might improve a person's attitude towards the used mode, persons may be more likely to use that same mode for future trips of the same kind. Hence, a cyclical process between travel mode choice and travel satisfaction might occur. In this paper we begin to analyse this process--using a structural equation modelling approach on cross-sectional data--for people who engage in walking and cycling for leisure trips in the Belgian city of Ghent. The focus on walking and cycling reflects recent studies indicating that active travel is often associated with the highest levels of travel satisfaction.

RESULTS of this exploratory analysis offer tentative support for the idea of a cyclical process: the evaluation of walking and cycling trips positively affects the respondents' attitude towards the respective mode, which in turn has a positive effect on choosing that mode.


Language: en

Keywords

Active travel; residential location; structural equation modelling; travel mode choice; travel satisfaction; travel-related attitudes

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