Neighbourhood preferences, active travel behaviour, and built environment: An exploratory study

Mohammad Haybatollahi, Michal Czepkiewicz, Tiina Laatikainen, Marketta Kyttä

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In the current study we investigated the extent to which neighbourhood preferences could be used as a base to group people in order to explore their residential and travel choices. The basic idea of this study was that the preferences people would have for their residential and travel choices might be a robust predictor of their actual travel behaviour, and that the neighbourhood preferences might distinguish people in terms of the characteristics of their living environment. We used a moderation model to test whether the effect of built environment on travel behaviour varied in terms of resident’s type. A total of 3403 inhabitants of the city of Tampere in Finland participated in the study. A web-based public participation GIS survey combining the questionnaires with a map (SoftGIS technique) was used to collect the data. We identified two distinct groups of residents in terms of general neighbourhood preferences. The findings showed that clustering residents based on neighbourhood preferences moderated the association between some features of density measures and travel behaviour. We found significant differences between the two clusters in both the frequencies and the distance of pedestrian and bike travel. The findings revealed that inhabitants of neighbourhoods with a larger percentage of green surroundings had a greater perception of neighbourhood stability than did the residents of neighbourhoods with a smaller percentage of green surroundings.
Original languageEnglish
JournalTransportation Research. Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour
Pages (from-to)57-69
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Bibliographical note

Haybatollahi, M., Czepkiewicz, M., Laatikainen, T., & Kyttä, M. (2015). Neighbourhood preferences, active travel behaviour, and built environment: an exploratory study. Transportation research part F: traffic psychology and behaviour, 29, 57-69.

Fields of Science

  • 5141 Sociology
  • 519 Social and economic geography

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