Title
Why people use their cars while the built environment imposes cycling Why people use their cars while the built environment imposes cycling
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Applied Economics
Faculty of Law
Publication type
article
Publication
Subject
Economics
Source (journal)
Journal of Transport and Land Use
Volume/pages
6(2013) :1 , p. 53-62
ISSN
1938-7849
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Abstract
Residing in a high-density, diverse, and accessible neighborhood tends to be associated with less car use, more public transport, and more cycling and walking. However, this does not hold for all people because of differences in personal perceptions and preferences. This paper, therefore, analyzes spatial (mis)match, or the correspondence between perceptions of someones residence and the objectively measured spatial characteristics of that residence. Based on a sample for Flanders, Belgium, we found that people tend to overrate the urbanized character of their residence. Among urbanites, (mis)matched spatial perceptions do not influence mode choice. Mode choices remain mainly influenced by urban characteristics and not by personal perceptions as such. However, the influence of spatial (mis)match becomes more important among rural dwellers and, especially, suburbanites. The travel consequences of (mis)matched spatial perceptions thus clearly depend on the residential neighborhood type.
Full text (open access)
https://repository.uantwerpen.be/docman/irua/09a4e8/ad481570.pdf