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The importance of public transport for mobility and everyday activities among rural residents
Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute, Society, environment and transport, Mobility, actors and planning processes.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2488-1685
Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute, Traffic and road users, Human Factors in the Transport System.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2623-9397
2019 (English)In: Social Sciences, ISSN 2076-0760, E-ISSN 2076-0760, Vol. 8, no 2, article id 58Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

A lack of transport opportunities has been shown to be a barrier for accessibility and social inclusion in contemporary society. In rural and sparsely populated areas, access to public transport is often poor compared to urban areas, leading to fewer possibilities to participate in normal relationships and activities among rural dwellers. Based on qualitative interviews with rural dwellers in Sweden, the aim of this study was to explore how access to transport can meet the needs of mobility and activity paation in everyday life and how different modes of transport are being used. The study has been permeated by the time-geographical perspective, which considers people's use of time and space and the restrictions they face in order to carry out activities, including travel. The results show that travel by private car plays a central role in realizing everyday activities for rural dwellers, as well as a perception of the car as being the norm in contemporary society. Frequent car use is the consequence of a combination of time-space restrictions, habit, and a lack of services, activities, and public transport in rural areas. Poor public transport services limit children's and adolescents' independent mobility in particular. Further, the physical environment influences the ability to use public transport, for example if roads and bus stops are seen as unsafe. Based on the results of the study, several measures and improvements are proposed that could increase mobility and accessibility in rural areas and reduce car dependency.

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MDPI AG , 2019. Vol. 8, no 2, article id 58
Keywords [en]
Rural area, Public transport, Interview, Accessibility, Mobility (pers), Transport mode
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Transport Systems and Logistics
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10 Road: Transport, society, policy and planning, 11 Road: Personal transport; 10 Road: Transport, society, policy and planning, 111 Road: Public transport
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URN: urn:nbn:se:vti:diva-13725DOI: 10.3390/socsci8020058Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85063790291OAI: oai:DiVA.org:vti-13725DiVA, id: diva2:1313218
Available from: 2019-05-02 Created: 2019-05-02 Last updated: 2019-06-28Bibliographically approved

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