Moving Towards Sustainable Consumption: A Psychological Perspective on Improvement of Public Transport
2017 (English)In: Routledge International Handbook of Consumer Psychology / [ed] Cathrine V. Jansson-Boyd, Magdalena J. Zawisza, Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 2017, 524-541 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Fast motorized transportation of people and cargo is instrumental for consumption in contemporary societies with their specialization of functions at different locations. The downside is that the unprecedented increase in motorized travel is primarily responsible for a number of local, global, and societal consequences that threaten people´s future well-being. This is the starting point of the chapter that focuses on how public transport may fulfill the need for daily travel such that car use is importantly reduced. We review current and future public transport in different countries. It is noted that an aging population and rising costs tend to increase demand for walking, cycling, ridesharing, and public transport. Another factor is urban structure: In denser cities it is easier to provide public transport with high frequency and reliability. Also important are policies known to influence public transport use including (1) more and better public transport services, (2) attractive fares and convenient ticketing, (3) full multimodal and regional integration, (4) high taxes and restrictions on car use, and (5) land use that promotes compact, mixed-use developments. Yet, travel mode choices are frequently the result of habits, which policies may fail to break. A final part of the chapter reviews methods aimed at influencing people´s travel mode choice.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 2017. 524-541 p.
Routledge international handbook series
Sustainable travel, public transport, policy
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-47535ISBN: 9781138846494 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-47535DiVA: diva2:1058163