The Drive of the leisure Driver
Paradoxically, the prevalent status of the automobile today has become a threat to the accessibility of urban centers. Car-usage is very popular for both day-to-day travels as well as for leisure travel. This research investigates car-usage among leisure travelers and in particular the key characteristics of car users as well as their dependence on the car to realize a trip. Using an extensive personal survey, car users and the determinants of their behavior are mapped. This paper also adds a methodological contribution as it introduces a tracking-application developed at Erasmus University in which participants were followed for one day in the Dutch leisure city of Scheveningen. Apart from demonstrating the importance of what others have already found, new findings show that distance to the leisure location is positively related to car-usage – which contrasts the premise that public transport is competitive over longer distance. Additionally, the measured physical activity of people that use the car for leisure travel is proven to be considerably lower than customary, which could point to some limiting factor, or selection effects.