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Travel mode choice: affected by objective or subjective determinants?

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  • Joachim Scheiner

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  • Christian Holz-Rau
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    This contribution presents theoretical considerations concerning the connections between life situation, lifestyle, choice of residential location and travel behaviour, as well as empirical results of structural equation models. The analyses are based on data resulting from a survey in seven study areas in the region of Cologne. The results indicate that lifestyles influence mode choice, although slightly, even when life situation is controlled for. The influence of life situation on mode choice exceeds the influence of lifestyle. The influence that lifestyle, and in part also life situation, has on mode choice is primarily mediated by specific location attitudes and location decisions that influence mode choice, respectively. Here objective spatial conditions as well as subjective location attitudes are important. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2007

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    Article provided by Springer in its journal Transportation.

    Volume (Year): 34 (2007)
    Issue (Month): 4 (July)
    Pages: 487-511

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    Handle: RePEc:kap:transp:v:34:y:2007:i:4:p:487-511

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    Keywords: Lifestyle; Linear structural equation modelling; Residential location choice; Residential self-selection; Travel behaviour; Travel mode choice;

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