Identifying parent perspectives to guide active travel intervention with small populations : case study in Denver, Colorado

Zuniga, Kelly Draper (2011) Identifying parent perspectives to guide active travel intervention with small populations : case study in Denver, Colorado. Transportation Research Record : Journal of the Transportation Research Board, 2213(1), pp. 87-95.

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This paper investigates a strategy for guiding school-based active travel intervention. School-based active travel programs address the travel behaviors and perceptions of small target populations (i.e., at individual schools) so they can encourage people to walk or bike. Thus, planners need to know as much as possible about the behaviors and perceptions of their target populations. However, existing strategies for modeling travel behavior and segmenting audiences typically work with larger populations and may not capture the attitudinal diversity of smaller groups. This case study used Q technique to identify salient travel-related attitude types among parents at an elementary school in Denver, Colorado; 161 parents presented their perspectives about school travel by rank-ordering 36 statements from strongly disagree to strongly agree in a normalized distribution, single centered around no opinion. Thirty-nine respondents' cases were selected for case-wise cluster analysis in SPSS according to criteria that made them most likely to walk: proximity to school, grade, and bus service. Analysis revealed five core perspectives that were then correlated with the larger respondent pool: optimistic walkers, fair-weather walkers, drivers of necessity, determined drivers, and fence sitters. Core perspectives are presented—characterized by parents' opinions, personal characteristics, and reported travel behaviors—and recommendations are made for possible intervention approaches. The study concludes that Q technique provides a fine-grained assessment of travel behavior for small populations, which would benefit small-scale behavioral interventions

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ID Code: 47431
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: School-based active travel, travel behaviors and perceptions, small populations
DOI: 10.3141/2213-12
ISSN: 0361-1981
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Urban Development
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Transportation Research Board of the National Academies
Deposited On: 01 Dec 2011 22:09
Last Modified: 03 Dec 2011 06:03

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