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Urban Rhythms and Travel Behaviour
Spatial and Temporal Phenomena of Daily Travel

ISBN 9781138274419
Published October 30, 2016 by Routledge
248 Pages

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Book Description

The recent availability of longitudinal data on individual trip making and activity behaviour has provided analysts with new insights into the structures and motives of daily life travel. Multi-week travel diary data-sets and GPS observations are exciting sources of information for the description and modelling of the variability of individual travel patterns. Through an analysis of these strong new data sets, this book questions what are the most suitable methodological tools to represent the structures of long-term travel behaviour. It also examines what the data tells us about the travellers' motives and looks at how planning should translate the findings into forecasting tools and transport strategies. In doing so, the multifaceted and ambiguous character of daily life travel is revealed, illustrating how, while sound routines in time and space seem to dominate daily life, individuals show a considerable amount of variability and flexibility in travel and activity behaviour.

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction; Part I Foundations: Theoretical framework; Definitions; Time, space and travel analysis: an overview; A conceptual model of non-response; The multi-day data sets employed. Part II The Temporal Aspects of Day-to-Day Travel Behaviour: Current patterns of travel behaviour; Scheduling; Modelling the rhythms of activity demand: an explanatory approach, modelling details and results;. Part III Human Spatial Behaviour and the Analysis of Activity Spaces: Destination choice and activity spaces: a review of concepts and a framework for analysis; Analysing activity space using longitudinal data: methods and results. Part IV Conclusions: Concluding remarks; Appendix; Bibliography; Index.

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Stefan Schonfelder, WIFO, Austrian Institute of Economic Research, Austria and Kay Axhausen, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, Switzerland


'This book presents a thorough exposition of concepts and theories for examining temporal aspects of daily travel behaviour, and pulls together some of the best research in the world on the analysis of longitudinal data on activity-travel behaviour. It should be read by everyone interested in leading travel behaviour research.' H.J.P. Timmermans, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands 'This is an exciting book, fusing insights from economics, sociology, psychology and geography, and drawing together recent conceptual and empirical work on the dynamics of travel behaviour from several countries. The sections dealing with trip destinations and the co-existence of habitual and variety seeking behaviour are particularly innovative.' Peter Jones, University College London, UK