Wayfinding styles: The relationship with mobility patterns & navigational preferences

During this presentation we will talk about urban wayfinding behavior. In more words, the preferences, selection, and application of navigation strategies to decide how to move from one place to another within a city. We will discuss to what extent identified wayfinding styles vary for different groups of travelers and their 3-day mobility patterns and navigation preferences.

Various researches revealed and debated, the influence of gender and age in studies amongst small groups of undergraduates, and in controlled and small-scale environments. To date, the relation between wayfinding styles and factors such as mobility behavior and preferences, remains largely unknown.

•           Would you expect people travelling more often by foot or bicycle correlate to (more or less) wayfinding abilities?

•           Would you expect people with more wayfinding abilities to have stronger preferences to take short cuts or travel time and distance?

The data used for the presented analyses stems from 975 respondents that have completed a 3- day travel diary, and personal and household surveys as part of the Mobility Panel Netherlands (MPN) in 2016. Recently this source has been enriched with an additional survey on perceptions, attitudes and wayfinding for active modes (PAW-AM).

Lara-Britt Zomer, Delft University of Technology