Working toward sustainable transport: research into links between the built environment and travel behaviour in Perth, Western Australia

This paper is the second in a series that reports on the Transport Sustainability and Health (TSH) study, which is part of the University of Western Australia's (UWA) RESIDential Environments Project (RESIDE). RESIDE is a longitudinal project which aims to the impact on walking, bicycling and sense of community of neighbourhoods designed using liveable and conventional subdivision design codes. The principal aim of the TSH study is to determine whether "liveable neighbourhoods" facilitate more sustainable transport than "conventional neighbourhoods", indicated by local travel and opportunity to travel locally for people's life's work. The paper reports how travel survey information will be used to relate self-reported travel behaviour to opportunity and perceived opportunity for local and active travel. In addition, each resident's body mass index and calculations of energy usage and emissions will be related to the self-reported travel data. Work trip data will also be analysed to identify whether public transport may be a viable alternative to the motor vehicle for these trips. This will in turn be indicative of whether public transport is well integrated into new neighbourhoods. Measures of opportunity for local travel will be developed with the assistance of geographic information systems (GIS) experts on the RESIDE team. Data relating to perception of opportunity for local travel has been collected as part of the broader RESIDE project. Findings will be presented then combined to offer a critique of the extent to which the "liveable neighbourhoods" guidelines are contributing to improving the transport sustainability of Perth's newer suburbs.


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  • Created Date: Aug 22 2012 9:57PM