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Shared mobility : Who are the users, where are these modes used, what are the trip characteristics and what are the motives for using?

Knijnenburg, D.P. (2023) Shared mobility : Who are the users, where are these modes used, what are the trip characteristics and what are the motives for using?

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Abstract:The availability and use of shared electric mopeds, bicycles and cars has risen over the years. However, a lot is still unknown about where, when, why and by whom these modes are used. Therefore, this study focusses on identifying users, reasons for using, travel behaviour and the locations where shared mobility is used. This is done by conducting a user and non-user survey in Rotterdam and The Hague identifying the user characteristics and reasons for (not) using shared mobility. Furthermore, a spatial regression analysis is conducted into the effects of the built environment and demographics on the use and availability of shared mobility. Finally, by using the results of the survey and spatial analysis, longitudinal trip data is studied to identify travel behaviour of shared mobility users. Shared mobility users were in general young, highly educated and had good digital skills. People used shared mobility to increase the flexibility in travelling and to increase accessibility. Preference for the use of a privately owned vehicle was the main reason for not using shared mobility. Furthermore, limited availability of shared cars and the high costs were found to be a main disadvantage. The spatial analysis had similar results to the survey, with the inclusion of diverse land use increasing the use of shared mobility. Shared mobility was used more for work and longer trips compared to private vehicles and less for educational purposes. Furthermore, shared bicycle and moped trips were predicted to replace walking and public transport trips. Large differences were not observed in general travel behaviour between different frequency groups. The results of this study suggest, among other things, that shared mobility needs to be made a more inclusive mode of transport. Increasing the availability, lowering the costs, and making shared mobility easier to use for older or lowly educated people will increase the inclusivity and use of shared modes.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Goudappel, Deventer, Netherlands
Faculty:ET: Engineering Technology
Subject:55 traffic technology, transport technology, 56 civil engineering
Programme:Civil Engineering and Management MSc (60026)
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