What construct one’s familiar area? A quantitative and longitudinal study

Zhang, Wen and Ahmad Termida, Nursitihazlin and Susilo, Yusak O (2017) What construct one’s familiar area? A quantitative and longitudinal study. Environment and Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science. pp. 1-19. ISSN 2399-8083

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There is a lack of understanding of how certain characteristics of the urban environment influence an individual’s spatial cognition and familiarity with surrounding areas, and, subsequently, their travel behaviours and how these change over time. This paper aims to address this research gap in exploring the dynamics of individuals’ spatial cognitions by observing the changes of respondents’ familiar areas over time, and investigating the possible determinants that constitute respondents’ familiar areas. Panel data, containing two-week travel diaries and maps of familiar areas, were collected in four different waves over a seven-month period for 55 individuals in Stockholm, Sweden. The reported familiar areas for each individual were digitised into quantifiable variable form and further analysed by applying dynamic binary probit and linear regression models. The results show that, while familiar area is largely influenced by one’s previous knowledge of the area, it is also continuously corrected by events in between. Different land use characteristics have different impacts on different social groups’ travel patterns, thus contributing to the variability in the size of one’s familiar areas.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Mental map; Familiar area; Multiday analysis; Dynamic binary probit model; Stockholm
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Civil Engineering and Built Environment > Department of Civil Engineering : Building and Construction Engineering
Depositing User: Mrs. Siti Noraida Miskan
Date Deposited: 23 Dec 2021 08:19
Last Modified: 23 Dec 2021 08:19
URI: http://eprints.uthm.edu.my/id/eprint/4914

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