Goddard, Tara B., Susan L. Handy, Xinyu Cao, Patricia L. Mokhtarian (2007) Voyage of the S.S. Minivan: Women’s Travel Behavior in Traditional and Suburban Neighborhoods . Transportation Research Record 2006 (1956), 141 - 148
This study is based on a survey that collected considerable data on land use as well as travel behavior, including a wealth of information on both preferences for and perceptions of neighborhood characteristics. The main questions this study addresses are: Are there gender differences in travel behavior? If so, what are the causes and the effects? Are there differences among women by neighborhood type, life cycle stage, presence of children, etc? The findings point to some significant differences for and among women, particularly with respect to both the social and infrastructure aspects of safety, but also by neighborhood type (suburban versus traditional) and the presence of children.