Handbook on Transport and Urban Transformation in China
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Handbook on Transport and Urban Transformation in China

Edited by Chia-Lin Chen, Haixiao Pan, Qing Shen and James J. Wang

Since 1978, when China embarked on a new period of economic reforms and introduced open door policies, it has experienced a great urban transformation. The role of transport has proved indispensable in this unprecedented rapid urbanisation and economic growth. As the first research-focused book dedicated to this important topic, the Handbook on Transport and Urban Transformation in China offers new insight into the various opportunities and challenges brought by fast-paced motorization and urban development, and explores them in broad spatial-economic, environmental, social, and institutional dimensions.
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Chapter 12: ICTs and changes in activity–travel behavior in urban China: existing research and future directions

Yue Shen, Na Ta, Mei-Po Kwan and Feng Zhen


With the rapid development of web services, the impacts of information and communication technologies (ICTs) on activity–travel behavior have attracted extensive attention in many disciplines, including urban studies, geography, and transportation. China has the largest number of internet users in the world and has become one of the fastest-growing information consumption markets. It is therefore necessary to focus more on how ICTs change people's daily activities and travel in China. However, research on the relationships between ICTs and activity–travel behavior in China lags behind Western countries, and there is an urgent need to understand these issues. This chapter reviews important progress and key themes in the study of the relationships between ICTs and changes in activity–travel behavior in urban China. It suggests that three important issues should receive more attention in the future: ICTs and sustainable mobility, ICTs and their social impacts, and ICTs and intercity travel.

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