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Public attitudes to transport: Knowledge review of existing evidence
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2008 (English)Report (Other academic)
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This report summarises research into public attitudes to public and private transport in the UK. Attitudes to car use reflect attitudes to lifestyles and aspirations. Trends in bus use show an increase in the capital city of London and an average decrease in other areas. Walking generates positive views in most people; cycling is seen in a less positive light. Rail passengers were mostly satisfied with service provision. Attitudes to air travel varied widely: low prices often made flying an attractive option. Traffic congestion is seen as a problem although people learn to cope with it. Attitudes to road transport improvement policy vary according to the personal effect felt. Concern exists about climate change, although willingness to change behaviour is affected by personal benefit or cost. There are substantial concerns about safety and security while travelling. The health benefits of walking or cycling are admitted. Transport improves quality of life by allowing users access to economic and social activities but decreases it in terms of impact on the local environment. A minority of the population finds difficulty accessing local facilities and services because of lack of transport or high costs. The authors found that wording of questionnaires could influence results; there may be a divergence between intention and actual behaviour; and there is a lack of evidence on how attitudes change over time.

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2008. , 171 p.
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Transport Systems and Logistics
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-71712OAI: diva2:486919
QC 20120509Available from: 2012-01-31 Created: 2012-01-31 Last updated: 2012-05-09Bibliographically approved

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