Active transportation and the emotion-stress-health link: virtual reality for assessing perceptual responses by pedestrians and bicyclists to the built environment

Active transportation has been recognized to promote environmental and physical well being of people. However, demand for active modes (walking and bicycling) – which require physical effort, take longer, but may be free to use – is insufficiently understood. This project aims at analyzing the emotional response to active transportation by running experiments with a high-fidelity virtual-reality simulator that allows controlled dynamic (traffic composition and flow, pedestrian density and flow) and static (infrastructure) conditions. The research team expect to identify factors associated with positive feelings that can be used to encourage adoption of active transportation as well as stress-inducing conditions that deter potential users.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $102336
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:


    Washington DC,   United States 
  • Project Managers:

    Kline, Robin

  • Performing Organizations:

    Center for Transportation, Environment, and Community Health

    Cornell University
    Ithaca, NY  United States  14853
  • Principal Investigators:

    Daziano, Ricardo

    Yoon, So-Yeon

  • Start Date: 20181001
  • Expected Completion Date: 20191231
  • Actual Completion Date: 20191231
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01680350
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Center for Transportation, Environment, and Community Health
  • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747119
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Sep 14 2018 2:41PM