This two-day workshop focused on the important issue of how to define, convey and understand the built environment context as it relates to transport decisions. The field has grown tremendously over the last few decades, fueled in part by the increasing availability of archived spatial data about the environment and geo-referencing activity and travel patterns. But there are persistent issues particularly with inconsistencies in data format or availability across locations that hamper efforts to advance our understanding across regions. Further, there are new challenges in how we communicate context to survey respondents, particularly in stated preference surveys. Much of the workshop was devoted to these issues and the new opportunities that exist with mixed methods and new innovative approaches for engaging respondents in our surveys.
Clifton, K. & Perez, P. (2015). Workshop synthesis: Built environment and contextual variables. Transportation Research Procedia, 11 452-459. Transportation Research Procedia