The effects of the land use system on travel behaviour:towards a new research approach

This paper presents a new research approach towards the expected influence of land use on travel behaviour. Travel has become an everyday activity. The spatial distribution of activities, such as living, working, shopping, recreation or education, implies that people have to travel. Altough, it is rather obvious that the land use system generates and influences particular travel patterns, there is still no consensus on the strenght of this influence. One explanation may be the existence of a wide range of potentially explanatory variables influencing the land use-travel behaviour relationship. Previous research tried to reduce this diversity of variables by applying such techniques as factors, cluster and regression analysis. These techniques depart from the idea that the complexity of travel behaviour can be explained by a limited set of variables, and assume that these variables are not influencing each other, thus ignoring the indirect effect on travel behavior. Clearly, handling a wide range of explanatory variables and multiple directions of influence requires more sophisticated research techniques. Structural Equation Modelling (SEM) seems to be useful here. Although SEM is a research technique dating from the 1970s, applications involving travel behavior from the perspective of land use remain scarce. For the covering abstract of the conference see ITRD Abstract n°E218203.

  • Authors:
    • VAN ACKER, V
    • WITLOX, F
  • Publication Date: 2005


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  • Accession Number: 01143995
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: TRL
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Nov 16 2009 12:19PM