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Does a satisfying trip result in more future trips with that mode?

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Previous studies have indicated that travel satisfaction – the experienced emotions during, and cognitive evaluation of, a trip – can be affected by travel mode choice and other trip characteristics. However, as satisfactory trips might improve a person’s attitudes toward the used mode, persons may be more likely to use that same mode for future trips of the same kind. Hence, a cyclical process between travel mode choice and travel satisfaction might occur. In this paper we analyse this process – using cross-sectional data – for people who engage in walking and cycling for leisure trips in the Belgian city of Ghent. The focus on walking and cycling reflects recent studies indicating that active travel is often associated with the highest levels of travel satisfaction. Results support the idea of a cyclical process; the evaluation of walking and cycling trips positively affects the respondents’ attitude towards the respective mode, which in turn has a positive effect on choosing that mode. Furthermore, results indicate a strong effect of life satisfaction on travel satisfaction, suggesting a strong impact of long-term happiness on short-term satisfaction.

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De Vos, Jonas, Tim Schwanen, Veronique Van Acker, and Frank Witlox. 2016. “Does a Satisfying Trip Result in More Future Trips with That Mode?” In Transportation Research Board 95th Annual Meeting Compendium of Papers.
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De Vos, Jonas, Schwanen, T., Van Acker, V., & Witlox, F. (2016). Does a satisfying trip result in more future trips with that mode? Transportation Research Board 95th annual meeting compendium of papers. Presented at the 95th Annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB).
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De Vos J, Schwanen T, Van Acker V, Witlox F. Does a satisfying trip result in more future trips with that mode? Transportation Research Board 95th annual meeting compendium of papers. 2016.
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De Vos, Jonas, Tim Schwanen, Veronique Van Acker, et al. “Does a Satisfying Trip Result in More Future Trips with That Mode?” Transportation Research Board 95th Annual Meeting Compendium of Papers. 2016. Print.
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  abstract     = {Previous studies have indicated that travel satisfaction -- the experienced emotions during, and cognitive evaluation of, a trip -- can be affected by travel mode choice and other trip characteristics. However, as satisfactory trips might improve a person{\textquoteright}s attitudes toward the used mode, persons may be more likely to use that same mode for future trips of the same kind. Hence, a cyclical process between travel mode choice and travel satisfaction might occur. In this paper we analyse this process -- using cross-sectional data -- for people who engage in walking and cycling for leisure trips in the Belgian city of Ghent. The focus on walking and cycling reflects recent studies indicating that active travel is often associated with the highest levels of travel satisfaction. Results support the idea of a cyclical process; the evaluation of walking and cycling trips positively affects the respondents{\textquoteright} attitude towards the respective mode, which in turn has a positive effect on choosing that mode. Furthermore, results indicate a strong effect of life satisfaction on travel satisfaction, suggesting a strong impact of long-term happiness on short-term satisfaction.},
  author       = {De Vos, Jonas and Schwanen, Tim and Van Acker, Veronique and Witlox, Frank},
  booktitle    = {Transportation Research Board 95th annual meeting compendium of papers},
  language     = {eng},
  location     = {Washington, DC, USA},
  pages        = {14},
  title        = {Does a satisfying trip result in more future trips with that mode?},
  year         = {2016},
}