My car is a "multi-mode"! Car user's behavior in the light of daily mobility chains

During the last thirty years, public policies have made remarkable efforts to reduce traffic in European cities but this one has never stopped its growth. The urban spread and the growing distances between working and living places are usually pointed out as major causes and new public transport services are often proposed as a solution. The urban planning agency of Bordeaux's metropolitan area has developed a complementary approach focused on the understanding of car user's daily behavior. A household mobility survey has been analyzed in order to study the daily mobility chain as a whole. Modes, distances, and purposes appear therefore under more complex relationships than usual. Thus, one of the reasons of car choice is enlightened: automobile arises as a "tool" allowing different uses all day long. As a consequence, some short journeys that could be easily done on foot, bike or public transport, are made by car because a longer or more restricting trip is previewed later during the day. Based on these results, some new proposals for public policies arise that could be effective as they take into account the real needs of usual drivers.


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  • Pagination: 7p
  • Monograph Title: Transport Research Arena (TRA) 2014 Proceedings

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  • Accession Number: 01530667
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: VTI, TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jul 23 2014 12:53PM