The Impacts of the COVID-19 Virus Outbreak on Travel Behavior

COVID-19 has been designated as a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO). The changes that this disease brought to our day to day life were so radical and bold that it made us think about our world’s future. As of today, many cities across the globe experience quarantine and mobility restrictions. These changes drive many businesses and people out of their comfort zone and allow them to experience new things like internet shopping, teleworking, or e-learning. As a result, many experts suspect whether these changes would reshape the world as we knew it. Although we have recorded many critical patients and deaths during this pandemic, there were no stiff mobility restrictions or nation-wide quarantine applied to this day due to the current economic state. On the other hand, many people start abandoning public transportation and shift to private cars and bicycles or try teleworking. In this project, we are looking for answers to the following questions:

1. What behavioral changes this outbreak caused?
2. How peoples’ travel behavior is influenced in the case of a health crisis?
3. What are the long-term effects of a health crisis on travel behavior?

This global pandemic can draw a completely different future for urban transportation. This research is conducting under joint collaboration with the University of Tehran and the Iran University of Science and Technology.

This global pandemic can draw a completely different future for urban transportation. In the aftermath, we could encounter a significant push back to use public transit. However, there is an opportunity to change travel behavior and shift it toward a more sustainable, clean modes like cycling and walking. To understand these behavior changes, our team designed a survey. This research is conducting under a collaboration with the University of Tehran and the Iran University of Science and Technology. The survey is accessible from this link in Persian.

Co-researchers

  • Komeil Motaghian Monazam: Graduate researcher at University of Tehran, Transportation planner at Iriana D&P consulting firm.
  • Dr. Neda Kamboozia: Assistant Professor at Iran University of Science and Technology.
  • Dr. Navid Khademi: Assistant Professor at University of Tehran
  • Dr. Mohamamd Ali Arman: Post-doctoral Researcher at KU Leuven

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