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A mixed-methods analysis of mobility behavior changes in the COVID-19 era in a rural case study

König, Alexandra and Dreßler, Annika (2021) A mixed-methods analysis of mobility behavior changes in the COVID-19 era in a rural case study. European Transport Research Review, 13 (15). Springer. doi: 10.1186/s12544-021-00472-8. ISSN 1867-0717.

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Abstract

As a reaction to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), countries around the globe have implemented various measures to reduce the spread of the virus. The transportation sector is particularly affected by the pandemic situation. The current study aims to contribute to the empirical knowledge regarding the effects of the coronavirus situation on the mobility of people by (1) broadening the perspective to the mobility rural area’s residents and (2) providing subjective data concerning the perceived changes of affected persons’ mobility practices, as these two aspects have scarcely been considered in research so far. To address these research gaps, a mixed-methods study was conducted that integrates a qualitative telephone interview study (N = 15) and a quantitative household survey (N = 301). The rural district of Altmarkkreis Salzwedel in Northern Germany was chosen as a model region. The results provide in-depth insights into the changing mobility practices of residents of a rural area during the legal restrictions to stem the spread of the virus. A high share of respondents (62.6%) experienced no changes in their mobility behavior due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation. However, nearly one third of trips were also cancelled overall. A modal shift was observed towards the reduction of trips by car and bus, and an increase of trips by bike. The share of trips by foot was unchanged. The majority of respondents did not predict strong long-term effects of the corona pandemic on their mobility behavior.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/140903/
Document Type:Article
Title:A mixed-methods analysis of mobility behavior changes in the COVID-19 era in a rural case study
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
König, AlexandraAlexandra.Koenig (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-6332-3817
Dreßler, Annikaannika.dressler (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-7290-6133
Date:10 February 2021
Journal or Publication Title:European Transport Research Review
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:Yes
In SCOPUS:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Volume:13
DOI :10.1186/s12544-021-00472-8
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:1867-0717
Status:Published
Keywords:rural area, COVID-19, mixed methods, travel behaviour
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Transport
HGF - Program Themes:Transport System
DLR - Research area:Transport
DLR - Program:V VS - Verkehrssystem
DLR - Research theme (Project):V - Movement
Location: Berlin-Adlershof , Braunschweig
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Transportation Systems > Design and Evaluation of Mobility Solutions, BS
Institute of Transportation Systems > Information Flow Modelling in Mobility Systems, BA
Deposited By: König, Alexandra
Deposited On:12 Feb 2021 11:05
Last Modified:19 Mar 2021 11:36

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