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Travel and activity time allocation: An empirical comparison between eight cities in Europe

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  • Raux, Charles
  • Ma, Tai-Yu
  • Joly, Iragaël
  • Kaufmann, Vincent
  • Cornelis, Eric
  • Ovtracht, Nicolas

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A study of daily time allocation to travel and out-of-home activity is conducted across eight European cities over three countries: France (Lyon, Grenoble, Strasbourg and Rennes), Switzerland (Geneva, Bern and Zurich) and Belgium (Brussels), based on individual travel survey data collected between 1997 and 2006. The effects of socio-demographic, spatial context, transport availability and city-specific variables are investigated thanks to the Cox proportional hazard model. The results indicate that socio-demographic characteristics and city (or country) specific effect play a major role while residential density and proximity to high level road or public transport networks have a very limited impact on time budgets for travel and out-of-home activities.

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  • Raux, Charles & Ma, Tai-Yu & Joly, Iragaël & Kaufmann, Vincent & Cornelis, Eric & Ovtracht, Nicolas, 2011. "Travel and activity time allocation: An empirical comparison between eight cities in Europe," Transport Policy, Elsevier, vol. 18(2), pages 401-412, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:trapol:v:18:y:2011:i:2:p:401-412
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    1. Thomas Longden, 2016. "The Regularity and Irregularity of Travel: an Analysis of the Consistency of Travel Times Associated with Subsistence, Maintenance and Discretionary Activities," Working Papers 2016.49, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei.
    2. Charles Raux & Tai-Yu Ma & Eric Cornelis, 2011. "Variability versus stability in daily travel and activity behaviour. The case of a one week travel diary," Working Papers halshs-00612610, HAL.
    3. Longden, Thomas, 2016. "The Regularity and Irregularity of Travel: an Analysis of the Consistency of Travel Times Associated with Subsistence, Maintenance and Discretionary Activities," ET: Economic Theory 243150, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM).

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