Linking experienced barriers during daily travel and transport poverty in peripheral rural areas: the case of Zeeland, the Netherlands

  • Felix Johan Pot University of Groningen
  • Sierdjan Koster University of Groningen
  • Taede Tillema University of Groningen/KiM Netherlands Institute for Transport Policy Analysis
  • Peter Jorritsma KiM Netherlands Institute for Transport Policy Analysis

Abstract

People living in peripheral rural areas are often considered to be prone to transport poverty and inaccessibility to activities. Previous identifications of transport poverty have mainly relied on accessibility measures based on land-use and transport data. However, such measures may be very different from how people themselves perceive accessibility. Therefore, explicitly considering perceptions of accessibility may be valuable in evaluating the nature of accessibility issues such as transport poverty. By conducting semi-structured focus group discussions in Zeeland, a rural area of the Netherlands, this paper shows that the mechanisms behind transport poverty are mediated by individual perceptions of accessibility. Local social norms related to accessibility appear to be important in shaping these perceptions. In peripheral rural areas, norms reflecting the dominance of the private car add to the negative appropriation of other transport options and shape expectations with respect to accessibility. Therefore, taking account of perceptions of accessibility, and the ways these are shaped, adds to the understanding of the nature of accessibility issues and is considered vital in designing responsive policies.

Author Biographies

Felix Johan Pot, University of Groningen

PhD Researcher

Department of Economic Geography

Sierdjan Koster, University of Groningen
Associate Professor in Economic Geography Department of Economic Geograph
Taede Tillema, University of Groningen/KiM Netherlands Institute for Transport Policy Analysis

Professor by special appointment in Transport Geography, Department of Economic Geography

Senior researcher

Peter Jorritsma, KiM Netherlands Institute for Transport Policy Analysis

Senior researcher

How to Cite
POT, Felix Johan et al. Linking experienced barriers during daily travel and transport poverty in peripheral rural areas: the case of Zeeland, the Netherlands. European Journal of Transport and Infrastructure Research, [S.l.], v. 20, n. 3, p. 29-46, sep. 2020. ISSN 1567-7141. Available at: <https://journals.open.tudelft.nl/ejtir/article/view/4076>. Date accessed: 23 sep. 2020. doi: https://doi.org/10.18757/ejtir.2020.20.3.4076.
Published
2020-09-04