Reducing Family Car-Use By Providing Travel Advice or Requesting Behavioral Plans: An Experimental Analysis of Travel Feedback Programs

Travel feedback programs provide information to participants that is designed to modify their behavior, according to their reported actions. In this study, a field experiment was conducted to look at the effectiveness of a travel feedback program aimed at reducing family car-use. The experiment focused on a travel feedback program that urged participants to make behavioral plans, and compared it to a program that provided individualized information. The results are used to discuss the psychological process of behavioral modification, theoretically effective interventions, and policy implications for implementing effective travel feedback programs. Findings show that subjects encouraged to make behavioral plans with respect to methods to reduce car use actually made such reductions. Households that only received advice on how to reduce car use did not make similar changes.


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  • Accession Number: 01004232
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Sep 29 2005 4:32PM