Low-Income Female Commuters’ Walking Mode Choice Perception in a Developing Urban Society

Though there have been extensive investigations on gender issues with respect to travel and safety in the developed world, there is still a lack of deeper understanding of the issues in the developing world. Additionally, understanding transport mode choice factors, especially of low-income commuters group is relatively less researched concept in the developing world. The low-income female commuters are often forced to choose walking as a mode of travel in these countries. However, crashes and fatalities involving such walking group are on rising trends in developing urban society like Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh. Existing literature pointed out the social disparity, low-income, lack of suitable mode, and substandard public transport force women to walk; hence, studies are yet to analyze the socio-economic and demographic factors on their choice of walking. This study aims to identify the potential socio-economic and demographic factors that influence low-income female commuters’ walking decision in Dhaka. A questionnaire survey was administered and binary logistic regression model was applied to examine the contribution of the potential factors on their mode choice. Age, commuting distance, willingness to pay, and children in the family were found to be significantly associated with the walking decision. Additionally, their safety perception was evaluated through another questionnaire survey. The findings of the study can be used to develop pragmatic policies for women commuters’ safety and efficient mobility in relevant developing urban societies.


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 15p

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  • Accession Number: 01763845
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: TRBAM-21-01411
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Dec 23 2020 11:12AM