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Investigating the importance of walk stages as a factor in the choice between car and public transport in urban areas

WithD. van Soest, M.R. Tight, C.D.F. Rogers

The distances people walk to and from public transport tend to differ a lot across urban areas. This study tries to shed more light on this variability by collecting detailed smartphone tracking data of participants from two areas in Birmingham, UK. The areas are distinctive for their public transport provision. Besides walks related to public transport, the study also considered walks for potential public transport trips if all car trips would be replaced. There were no significant differences between the areas in the public transport-related walk distances. However, when considering the walks for potential public transport trips, people in the area without railway access would require longer walks. Also transport attitudes of people seemed to be related to the potentially required walk distance.