How Does Rail Access Travel Behaviour Relate to Awareness and Perceptions of Active Travel Affordance?

| May 28, 2014

The release of the Brisbane Economic Development Plan of 2012-13 by the City Council of Brisbane identified a major objective of increasing an additional flow of 343,000 workers and 130,000 jobs across Brisbane by 2021 (Scanlan, Lennon & Broe, 2012). Congruently, rail transport is a major form of transport in Brisbane. Scanlan et al. (2012) indicate that, it dominates during the weekday peak travels, transporting about 40,000 travellers leaving the CBD, accounting for approximately five times more than that of bus travel. However, despite import of rail travel in Brisbane, changing patterns in rail travel access have a tremendous impact on active travel affordance and awareness to passengers. The existing travel models particularly in Brisbane, in focus of Yeerongpilly station, Norman Park station, and Richlands station often fail to predict appropriately the existing changing patterns (Scanlan et al., 2012). Furthermore, planners have not been sufficiently supported in their attempt to map, manage, and plan for these changes, in correspondence to the community travel behaviour in order to enhance active travel affordance. Therefore, the people who travel have a fundamental requisite to map the rail travel patterns for their own benefit of improving travel affordance. This study investigates the capacity of travellers to form a memory representation or cognitive map of their daily travel experience and behaviour in order to determine how this awareness can contribute to active travel affordance.

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