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Enhancing the effectiveness of travel awareness campaigns via the inclusion of theoretical-based content.

Carreno, Michael; Gauce, Kristina; Welsch, Janina


Michael Carreno

Kristina Gauce

Janina Welsch


D Cygas

K Froehner


Travel awareness campaigns are one of the most commonly used ‘mobility management interventions’, which aim to change individuals’ travel choices and behaviour to more sustainable transport modes. However, despite the widespread uptake of this measure and associated costs, the extent to which awareness campaigns work, and also how they can be best designed to increase their effectiveness, remains unclear. We begin by providing an overview of current understanding of individuals’ modal choice decision making processes, and how this knowledge can be applied to the design of awareness campaigns. To illustrate the benefits of including psychological-based content in the design of travel awareness messaging, an overview of a theoretical-based randomised controlled personalised travel planning intervention study conducted in Hammersmith, UK, is presented. The results obtained show that those people who were exposed to theoretical-based materials reported a significantly greater change in behaviour and theoretical stage-movement, compared to those who received non-theoretical materials and also the control group. Based on the results of this study, we conclude by suggesting how future awareness campaigns can be improved via the inclusion of theoretical-based content.

Start Date May 19, 2011
End Date May 20, 2011
Publication Date 2011
Deposit Date Sep 14, 2011
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Pages 879-885
Book Title The 8th International Conference on Environmental Engineering (8th ICEE) – Selected Papers
ISBN 978-9955-28-831-2
Keywords Travel awareness; 'mobility management interventions’; behavioural change; sustainable travel choice;
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