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Does undirected travel compensate for reduced directed travel during lockdown?

Hook, H; De Vos, J; Van Acker, V; Witlox, F; (2021) Does undirected travel compensate for reduced directed travel during lockdown? Transportation Letters 10.1080/19427867.2021.1892935. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic lockdown undeniably impacted travel behavior. It is assumed that directed (commute and non-work) trips reduced following reduced out-of-home activities. This study analyzing 764 respondents in Flanders, Belgium, explores whether undirected trips, or travel for the purpose of travel itself, increase as compensation or to ‘get out and about’. Additionally, change in commute and non-work trip mode and frequency is analyzed to assess whether a shift from public to private transport modes and from motorized to active modes occurred. The effect of urbanization on travel behavior change was also evaluated. Results did not indicate a shift from public to private transport modes, suggesting a general decrease in directed trips, but indicated compensation for decreased car use with both undirected and active trips. The built environment was not significantly related to changes in travel behavior, suggesting that respondents participated in compensatory behavior during the lockdown regardless of residential urbanization.

Type: Article
Title: Does undirected travel compensate for reduced directed travel during lockdown?
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/19427867.2021.1892935
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/19427867.2021.1892935
Language: English
Additional information: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. The images or other third party material in this article are included in the Creative Commons license, unless indicated otherwise in the credit line; if the material is not included under the Creative Commons license, users will need to obtain permission from the license holder to reproduce the material. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Keywords: Science & Technology, Technology, Transportation, Transportation Science & Technology, Travel behavior, built environment, lockdown, travel pattern, travel compensation, undirected travel
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > The Bartlett School of Planning
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10126450
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