Spatial Analysis of the Propensity to Escort Children to School in Southern California

Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting 2011, Paper #11-2911

Yoon, Seo Youn; Doudnikoff, Marjorie; and Goulias, Konstadinos G

“Spatial travel behavior of children to school was analyzed from three perspectives that are: 1) commuting to school independently of parents, 2) commuting to school by active modes and 3) allocation of escorting tasks for children between parents. Accessibility measures and population density were introduced in the propensity regression models to account for the impact of spatial characteristics at school locations and to identify the spatial distribution of behavioral patterns. Each of the spatial patterns created a map combining the impact of all the significant spatial variables showing to display patterns of behavioral and intra-household interaction. These patterns are able to identify as an example the negative impact of a park area in the middle of the City of Los Angeles on children’s independent and active commute to school and the significantly different intra-household interaction patterns at different locations in the region. The results of this study show an opportunity to expand the microanalysis to a more comprehensive treatment of travel behavior in space and to contribute to the development of models integrating land use and transportation.”

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