Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Travel mode choice: affected by objective or subjective determinants?

by Joachim Scheiner and Christian Holz-Rau

The contribution presents theoretical considerations concerning the connections between life situation, lifestyle, choice of residential location and travel behaviour, as well as empirical results of structural equation models. The analyses are based on data resulting from a survey in seven study areas in the region of Cologne. The results indicate that lifestyles influence mode choice, although just slightly, even when life situation is controlled for. The influence of life situation on mode choice exceeds the influence of lifestyle. The influence which lifestyle and in parts also life situation have on mode choice is primarily mediated by specific location attitudes and location decisions that influence mode choice, likewise. Here objective spatial conditions as well as subjective location attitudes are important.

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