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Will the Effects of COVID-19 on Commuting and Daily Activities of the University Students Be Maintained? Evidence from a Small Town in Sicily

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Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, University of Enna KORE, Cittadella Universitaria, 94100 Enna, Italy
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School of Engineering, The University of British Columbia (UBC) Okanagan, Kelowna, BC V1V 1V7, Canada
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Department of Transportation & Hydraulic Engineering, School of Rural & Surveying Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 541 24 Thessaloniki, Greece
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Department of Civil Engineering, University of Kentucky, 265 Raymond Bldg., Lexington, KY 40506-0281, USA
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Sustainability 2022, 14(10), 5780; https://doi.org/10.3390/su14105780
Received: 24 March 2022 / Revised: 7 May 2022 / Accepted: 8 May 2022 / Published: 10 May 2022
As many studies have already shown, the COVID-19 pandemic has had a great impact on the daily routines of people all over the world. University students form one of the most affected groups of people, since they have had to interrupt many of the activities that they usually perform, and have also had to get used to a new way of learning (e-learning). An important question that now arises is whether the changes that were identified within the pandemic period are to be maintained when the risk of being infected is eliminated. To this end, 537 university students of the Kore University of Enna, Italy, were surveyed. Their responses are analyzed descriptively, and an ordinal regression model is being developed to shed more light on the likelihood of retaining changes related with to transport mode choice. The results show that the likelihood of retaining all the changes when commuting and during daily activities is very high, demonstrating such willingness from the participants. Moreover, it has been shown that public transport has increased the probability of people being negatively affected by the pandemic in the long-term, and opportunities appear for increasing the modal share of active modes. View Full-Text
Keywords: COVID-19; pandemic; university students; modal shift COVID-19; pandemic; university students; modal shift
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Campisi, T.; Nahiduzzaman, K.M.; Nikiforiadis, A.; Stamatiadis, N.; Basbas, S. Will the Effects of COVID-19 on Commuting and Daily Activities of the University Students Be Maintained? Evidence from a Small Town in Sicily. Sustainability 2022, 14, 5780. https://doi.org/10.3390/su14105780

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Campisi T, Nahiduzzaman KM, Nikiforiadis A, Stamatiadis N, Basbas S. Will the Effects of COVID-19 on Commuting and Daily Activities of the University Students Be Maintained? Evidence from a Small Town in Sicily. Sustainability. 2022; 14(10):5780. https://doi.org/10.3390/su14105780

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Campisi, Tiziana, Kh M. Nahiduzzaman, Andreas Nikiforiadis, Nikiforos Stamatiadis, and Socrates Basbas. 2022. "Will the Effects of COVID-19 on Commuting and Daily Activities of the University Students Be Maintained? Evidence from a Small Town in Sicily" Sustainability 14, no. 10: 5780. https://doi.org/10.3390/su14105780

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