Choice behaviour of people for living, work, play and moving themselves

Chair: Odette van de Riet
Report: Ymkje de Boer
Bart Sleutjes & Jan Möhlmann
Stan Geertman
Roland Kager & Lucas Harms
Bert van Wee
Mari Vaattovaara

This session was about choice behaviour. Odette opened the session with a few words on the topic and the four presentations. 
After four presentations by VerDus researchers prof. Mari Vaattovaara from Helsinki, Finland, gave her view on the topics and the research that had been presented. In the next part of the session two questoins were raised:
a. What would a city look like (elements of design) if we consider all the claim that have been made by the researchers?
b. What research questions are there for the near future?


Ad a. Design
  • High rise buildings are beneficial for climate change and for alternative modes for transport
  • But also other types of buildings are needed and the ground floors should be for shops and so on
  • Diversity is important at all density levels and relative small distance
  • Conserve strong characteristics of Dutch cities (and be aware that 90% of the city already exists!)
  • Look at the bike-train system from integral point of view
  • Make infrastructure climate proof
  • Make mode transfer points around the city

Be aware of:
  • the patchwork we already have
  • variety
  • demographics, housing preferences
  • how the city works

Ad b. Research
  • Create insight in the strangths of the current patchwork.
  • Consequences of e-shopping / empty shops.
  • What would happen if students are not subsidised for their PT anymore? And if cycling would be subsidised instead?
  • So: what if we spend all subsidies for PT differently?
  • How can we move to more polycentric transport network systems (not just servicing the IC stations) without losing the bike as a feeder for PT?
  • Which are the pros and cons of aklternative designs for the trabnsport network?
  • Wew should pay more attention to undesirable, unintended and pervers effects of policy measures and design. F.i: if EV uasge will increase, wilol cycling decrease? Is that what we want?
  • Main research question: whjat makes people feel well? How can transport networks and land use contribute that?
  • Other important question: can we understand the mechanism behind vakuations/chouice behaviour? Can we open the black box? We know what we people chose,m but we still don't know why!

Which smart urban structures serve (SURF!) people best and why and how do we get there?