Next Article in Journal
A Clustering Spatial Estimation of Marginal Economic Losses for Vegetation Due to the Emission of VOCs as a Precursor of Ozone
Next Article in Special Issue
The Determinants of Walking Behavior before and during COVID-19 in Middle-East and North Africa: Evidence from Tabriz, Iran
Previous Article in Journal
Associations between Community Parks and Social Interactions in Master-Planned Estates in Sydney, Australia
Previous Article in Special Issue
Students’ and Parents’ Perceptions of Barriers to Cycling to School—An Analysis by Gender
 
 
Article

A European-Wide Study on the Effects of the COVID-19 Threat on Active Transport Modes

1
Psychonomy Research Unit, Department of Methodology of Behavioural Sciences, Faculty of Psychology, University of Valencia, 46010 Valencia, Spain
2
Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts, Palacky University in Olomouc, 771 47 Olomouc, Czech Republic
*
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Academic Editors: Aoife Ahern, Ioanna Spyropoulou and Houshmand Masoumi
Sustainability 2022, 14(6), 3482; https://doi.org/10.3390/su14063482
Received: 7 December 2021 / Revised: 1 March 2022 / Accepted: 3 March 2022 / Published: 16 March 2022
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Urban Mobility and Active Transport Transition)
In the past year and a half, we have been forced to make many major changes which, besides other issues, have led to considerable changes in transport mode choices. While we observed an increase in the share of cars as a mode of transport, we also observed an increase in the level of engagement in other active mobility modes, such as walking and cycling. Relevant literature shows that although the restrictions adopted during the COVID-19 pandemic have effects on people’s mobility behaviour, they can be viewed as a catalyst for positive changes as far as active forms of mobility are concerned. This work focuses on the thorough understanding of the changes in citizens’ needs and attitudes toward mobility and transport mode choice during the COVID-19 pandemic. To reach this aim, we analysed the responses to an interview consisting of eight open-ended questions about the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic threat and situation of citizens in selected European countries and Russia. In total, 497 respondents participated by responding to an online questionnaire. The conclusions of this study confirmed that active traffic modes could benefit from the momentum generated by the COVID-19 pandemic. However, this can only happen if appropriate preconditions can be provided, which is not the case so far. To prevent a massive return of private motorised vehicles into urban centres, we must focus on support for active traffic modes, specifically on the improvement of the preconditions, especially as far as traffic infrastructure is concerned. View Full-Text
Keywords: active transport modes; sustainability; traffic psychology; COVID-19; walking; cycling active transport modes; sustainability; traffic psychology; COVID-19; walking; cycling
MDPI and ACS Style

Monterde-i-Bort, H.; Sucha, M.; Risser, R.; Honzickova, K. A European-Wide Study on the Effects of the COVID-19 Threat on Active Transport Modes. Sustainability 2022, 14, 3482. https://doi.org/10.3390/su14063482

AMA Style

Monterde-i-Bort H, Sucha M, Risser R, Honzickova K. A European-Wide Study on the Effects of the COVID-19 Threat on Active Transport Modes. Sustainability. 2022; 14(6):3482. https://doi.org/10.3390/su14063482

Chicago/Turabian Style

Monterde-i-Bort, Hector, Matus Sucha, Ralf Risser, and Kristyna Honzickova. 2022. "A European-Wide Study on the Effects of the COVID-19 Threat on Active Transport Modes" Sustainability 14, no. 6: 3482. https://doi.org/10.3390/su14063482

Find Other Styles
Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Article Access Map by Country/Region

1
Back to TopTop