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Analysing the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on everyday travel behaviour in Germany and potential implications for future travel patterns

Kolarova, Viktoriya and Eisenmann, Christine and Nobis, Claudia and Winkler, Christian and Lenz, Barbara (2021) Analysing the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on everyday travel behaviour in Germany and potential implications for future travel patterns. European Transport Research Review (13). Springer. doi: 10.1186/s12544-021-00486-2. ISSN 1867-0717.

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Introduction The global Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is having a great impact on all areas of the everyday life, including travel behaviour. Various measures that focus on restricting social contacts have been implemented in order to reduce the spread of the virus. Understanding how daily activities and travel behaviour change during such global crisis and the reasons behind is crucial for developing suitable strategies for similar future events and analysing potential mid- and long-term impacts. Methods In order to provide empirical insights into changes in travel behaviour during the first Coronavirus-related lockdown in 2020 for Germany, an online survey with a relative representative sample for the German population was conducted a week after the start of the nationwide contact ban. The data was analysed performing descriptive and inferential statistical analyses. Results and Discussion The results suggest in general an increase in car use and decrease in public transport use as well as more negative perception of public transport as a transport alternative during the pandemic. Regarding activity-related travel patterns, the findings show firstly, that the majority of people go less frequent shopping; simultaneously, an increase in online shopping can be seen and characteristics of this group were analysed. Secondly, half of the adult population still left their home for leisure or to run errands; young adults were more active than all other age groups. Thirdly, the majority of the working population still went to work; one out of four people worked in home-office. Lastly, potential implications for travel behaviour and activity patterns as well as policy measures are discussed.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/144790/
Document Type:Article
Title:Analysing the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on everyday travel behaviour in Germany and potential implications for future travel patterns
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Kolarova, ViktoriyaUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-4365-5528UNSPECIFIED
Nobis, ClaudiaUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-0573-396XUNSPECIFIED
Lenz, BarbaraUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-6027-7576UNSPECIFIED
Date:1 May 2021
Journal or Publication Title:European Transport Research Review
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Keywords:COVID-19, travel behviour, impact of COVID-19, moblity, teleworking, pandemic impact
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 - Energie und Verkehr (old)
Location: Berlin-Adlershof
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Transport Research > Passenger Transport
Institute of Transport Research > Leitungsbereich VF
Deposited By: Kolarova, Viktoriya
Deposited On:07 Dec 2021 22:25
Last Modified:24 May 2022 23:47

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