Accessibility and Independent Mobility in Rural Built Environments: Challenges and Opportunities for Young People

The accessibility and independent mobility of youth living in rural built environments are not well understood. The researchers propose to help fill this gap in the literature with exploratory research on two types of rural settlement patterns in Vermont: "rural sprawl" and "smart growth communities." The research approach includes examining objective measures of accessibility and mobility and participatory research with youth participants. The researchers will use grounded visualization, an integrated quantitative and qualitative analysis technique, to combine data produced by different methodologies. This involves displaying spatial data in a variety of ways to reveal patterns, using statistical analysis to reveal correlations, and complementing the findings with explanations provided by real people, the "experts," living in the specific environments. The research results will help build theories and come to conclusions about enabling factors and barriers for rural youth accessibility and independent mobility.


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    • Status: Active
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    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Research and Innovative Technology Administration

      Department of Transportation
      1200 New Jersey Avneue, SE
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Principal Investigators:

      Lee, Brian

    • Start Date: 20100901
    • Expected Completion Date: 0
    • Actual Completion Date: 20120831
    • Source Data: RiP Project 29327

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01480731
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: New England University Transportation Center
    • Contract Numbers: DTRT07-G-0001, UVMR23-1
    • Files: UTC, RiP
    • Created Date: May 7 2013 1:01AM