Modelling regional recreational travel behaviour in Newfoundland

Cahill, Michael J. (1993) Modelling regional recreational travel behaviour in Newfoundland. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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The purpose of this study was to develop a predictive model of annual travel behaviour of moose hunters for the island of Newfoundland which could be used to investigate appropriate road access systems for this recreational activity. Roads originally constructed for natural resource development have opened up the wildland interiors of the island of Newfoundland for recreational users. Road maintenance programs continue to be carried out for the resource developers needs. Agencies responsible for recreational activities are interested in the effect which the existing quality and quantity of road conditions have on recreational travel behaviour. This thesis presents a study of regional moose hunter travel as a major representative group of this type of trip purpose. -- The study showed that this travel can be modelled with conventional trip generation and trip distribution techniques. Regional travel was significantly influenced by distance between home and the recreational area. A trip choice model showed that travellers were most attracted to areas where there was a better main access by highway combined with sufficient resource access roads deteriorated to a class suitable for all-terrain vehicles. Some evidence was found that the character of the trip purpose and trip maker was changing from a subsistence activity for local, rural hunters to a sport-oriented activity for urban hunters who were more interested in a recreational experience than a successful hunt . Applications for these predictive models and implications for management of these road systems are discussed.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Item ID: 10251
Additional Information: Bibliography :l. 121-123.
Department(s): Engineering and Applied Science, Faculty of
Date: 1993
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Highway planning--Newfoundland and Labrador; Moose hunting--Newfoundland and Labrador; Outdoor recreation--Newfoundland and Labrador; Recreation areas--Newfoundland and Labrador--Access; Rural roads--Newfoundland and Labrador.

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