Travel behaviour and environmental concern

Maria Nilsson, Rikard Küller

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Abstract

In two empirical studies, the impact of attitudes and environmental knowledge on driving distance, travel behaviour and acceptance of various traffic restrictions was investigated. The first study included the population in Lund, southern Sweden, and the second the politicians and civil servants responsible for transports and environment in the same city. Comparisons of the two samples revealed similar psychological processes, including environmental concern, hazard/efficacy perception and car affection, whereas environmental knowledge seemed to have a subordinate role. Preferences of restrictions differed somewhat between the public, and the politicians and civil servants. It is suggested that local implementation of new strategies to reduce private car driving might benefit from a better understanding of what will be accepted among the public. Further, in promoting pro-environmental travel behaviour it may be important to focus on basic attitudes, rather than to rely solely on factual information.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)211-234
Number of pages23
JournalTransportation Research, Part D: Transport and Environment
VolumePart D
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2000

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The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015.
The record was previously connected to the following departments: Environmental Psychology (011036009)

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Building Technologies
  • Psychology

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