When Transport Geography Meets Social Psychology: Toward a Conceptual Model of Travel Behaviour

Many studies model the effects of the built environment on travel behavior. Usually, results are controlled for socio-economic differences and sometimes socio-psychological differences among respondents. However, these studies do not mention why after all a relationship should exist between travel behavior and spatial, socio-economic and personality characteristics. Answering this query involves combining and linking theories stemming from transport geography (e.g. time geography, activity-based approach) and social psychology (e.g. theory of planned behavior, theory of repeated behavior). Using key-variables from these theories, this paper aims to develop a conceptual model for travel behavior. Comparable to customary theories in transport geography, this conceptual model considers travel behavior as derived from locational behavior and activity behavior. But the conceptual model adds concepts such as lifestyle, perceptions, attitudes and preferences which indirectly influence travel behavior.


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  • Accession Number: 01152012
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Mar 4 2010 12:57PM