THE ATTRIBUTES AND NEEDS OF THE NON-TRAVELLER

Since the primary objective of transportation research has been to focus on the needs of a travelling world, it is not surprising that the characteristics of the non-traveller have received little attention. When non-travellers have been considered, it has usually been in the context of the transport disadvantages where it has been assumed that non-travel reflects lack of travel opportunities -- and therefore can be equated in some way with latent travel demand. Close analysis of the characteristics of those persons who did not travel on a sample travel day gives interesting insights into the factors influencing their behaviour. Results are presented which show that non-travellers fall into two categories. Some - the "transport disadvantaged"--cited inequities in the availability of transport and reported non-travel due to difficulties in accessing or using existing facilities. At the same time, a much larger number of persons claimed that they had no need to travel. If it is argued that the main purpose of travel is to reach activities which take place in different locations, it seems reasonable to assume that there must be occasions when sufficient activities are available at one location to reduce the need to travel. Results support this contention and it is shown that the incidence of visits and deliveries to the home is extremely high among this sample of non-travellers. The socio-demographic characteristics of non-travelling individuals and of the household members with whom they live give added information about the attributes and needs of these persons. Two planning implications are discussed; the degree to which the non-traveller is the reason/purpose for another person's travel, and the need to separate the requirements of the apparent and real transport disadvantaged non-traveller. (Author/TRRL)

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    • Proceedings of Seminar P held at the PTRC 10th Summer Annual Meeting, University of Warwick, England.
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    PTRC Education and Research Services Limited

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  • Authors:
    • Ampt, E S
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  • Publication Date: 1982

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  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 59-67

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00381610
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • ISBN: 0-86050-111-6
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 30 1984 12:00AM