Understanding adolescents' intentions to commute by car or bicycle as adults

Sigrun Birna Sigurdardottir, Sigal Kaplan, Mette Møller*, Thomas William Teasdale

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This study focuses on the intentions of adolescents to commute by car or bicycle as adults. The behavioral model is based on intrapersonal and interpersonal constructs from the theory of planned behavior extended to include constructs from the institutional, community and policy domains. Data from a survey among Danish adolescents is analyzed. It is found that car use intentions are related to positive car passenger experience, general interest in cars, and car ownership norms, and are negatively related to willingness to accept car restrictions and perceived lack of behavioral control. Cycling intentions are related to positive cycling experience, willingness to accept car restrictions, negative attitudes towards cars, and bicycle-oriented future vision, and are negatively related to car ownership norms. Attitudinal constructs are related to individual characteristics, such as gender, residential location, current mode choice to daily activities, and parental travel patterns.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalTransportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment
StatePublished - Oct 2013
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors would like to express their gratitude to Kenneth Button and the anonymous reviewers for their insightful and constructive comments that greatly improved an earlier version of this paper. The research forms part of the project “Drivers and Limits” funded by the Danish Agency for Science Technology and Innovation (Styrelsen for Forskning og Innovation).


  • Adolescents
  • Mode choice
  • Socio-ecological modeling
  • Travel intentions


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