Habit as a better way to understand urban mobilities

Authored by: Thomas Buhler

Handbook of Urban Mobilities

Print publication date:  June  2020
Online publication date:  May  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138482197
eBook ISBN: 9781351058759
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781351058759-22

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Abstract

There is increasing empirical evidence in social psychology and geography for the idea that habit plays a major part in mobility behaviour. The rationale is that a large part of our mobility behaviour (especially commuting trips) is characterized by relatively stable contexts and repeated behaviours. This stability and repetitiveness saves on cognitive resources while forming and reinforcing specific mobility skills.

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