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Mobility Behaviour in View of the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic—Public Transport Users in Gdansk Case Study

Sustainability 2021, 13(1), 364; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13010364
Reviewer 1: Anonymous
Reviewer 2: Yuhan Huang
Reviewer 3: Rosa Torres
Sustainability 2021, 13(1), 364; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13010364
Received: 14 December 2020 / Revised: 28 December 2020 / Accepted: 28 December 2020 / Published: 3 January 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Trends in Transport Sustainability and Innovation)

Round 1

Reviewer 1 Report

The paper has a clear methodology. Its subject is up to date and its references are complete. The conclusions are describing very precisely the research outcomes. 

Author Response

Dear Reviewer,

First, we are very pleased your opinion is so positive. We appreciate you devoted your prescious time, especially just before Christmas, for completing the revision. We would like to thank you very much for your valuable and supporting comments that motivate us to further study. We will soon upload the file comprising the English language spell check.

Best regards,

The Authors

Reviewer 2 Report

Manuscript Number: sustainability-1056428

Title: Mobility behavior in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic impact – public transport users in Gdansk case study

This paper investigated the effect of COVID-19 on people’s willingness and safety perception of public transport. It is well written and organised. This reviewer recommends a minor revision based on the following comments:

  1. Line 175: please rephrase “accessibility many means of transport…”
  2. Authors used SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19. Although both are correct, it is better to choose one and use it consistently throughout the manuscript.
  3. Can author give more info about the surveyed respondents, e.g. their gender, age, occupation, etc.?
  4. How did the authors design the questionaries? Were there any other questions/factors being considered, e.g. traffic conditions may affect people’s feelings of comfort and safety?

Author Response

Dear Reviewer,

First, we are very pleased your opinion is so positive. We appreciate you devoted your precious time, especially just before Christmas, for delivering such a careful revision. We would like to thank you for your valuable and useful comments and suggestions. Below, you will find our response:

 

 

Point 1: Line 175: please rephrase “accessibility many means of transport…”.

 

Response 1: The statement has been rephrased in the following way:accessibility to many means of transport (…)’.

 

Point 2: Authors used SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19. Although both are correct, it is better to choose one and use it consistently throughout the manuscript.

 

Response 2: The term ‘COVID-19’ has been consistently used throughout the manuscript.

 

Point 3: Can author give more info about the surveyed respondents, e.g. their gender, age, occupation, etc.?

 

Response 3: It was a random sample, not limited to gender, occupation status or other factors. 73.64% out of the respondents were women and 26.36% men. The majority were the residents of the city of Gdańsk. 84.84% out of the respondents were 18-30 years old, 12.64% out of them were 31-45 years old and 2.17% were 46-60 years old. There were few respondents over 60.

 

Point 4: How did the authors design the questionaries? Were there any other questions/factors being considered, e.g. traffic conditions may affect people’s feelings of comfort and safety?

 

Response 4: The questions in the questionnaire were divided into two main parts: first part - regarding the most relevant issues related to public transport before the outbreak of the coronavirus epidemic; second part - concerning the same issues, but already in the coronavirus epidemic conditions. We will consider to include such questions/factors as traffic conditions that may affect people’s feelings of comfort and safety in our further research. Thank you very much for this suggestion.

 

Best regards,

The authors

 

Reviewer 3 Report

I want to congratulate the authors for the quality and clarity of their work.
This research is relevant given the current pandemic circumstances.
On the other hand, as the authors poit out, this work is a pilot that opens an important line of research, given that it addresses into the subjective factor:  the perception of safety by public transport travelers and the discovery of other possible benefits of not using public transport (when distances are not long), such as less pollution, physical exercise, etc.  Undoubtedly this perceptions affects to this sector of the economy.

Author Response

Dear Reviewer,

First, we are very pleased your opinion is so positive. We appreciate you devoted your prescious time, especially just before Christmas, for completing the revision. We would like to thank you very much for your valuable and supporting comments that motivate us to continue and deepen our research.

Best regards,

The Authors

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