Understanding all-terrain vehicle user behaviour: the human dimensions of ATV use in Northeastern New Brunswick, Canada

McNeil, Kaleb Daniel Smith (2018) Understanding all-terrain vehicle user behaviour: the human dimensions of ATV use in Northeastern New Brunswick, Canada. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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This study examined all-terrain vehicle (ATV) users in northeastern New Brunswick, Canada, providing a human dimensions approach to understanding the activity and inform future management decisions. A methodological comparison between self-classification and multivariate applications of Bryan's (1977) recreation specialization framework was conducted to assess variation in participant engagement within the activity. The impact of activity consumption on levels of recreation specialization was also examined to investigate how differences in ATV use affects user engagement. Self-administered questionnaires were randomly distributed to three New Brunswick communities (n = 144). Results suggest that both applications of the recreation specialization framework did not similarly classify participants as expected. Specialization levels were found to differ across three activity consumption sub-groups, suggesting different types of ATV use may impact user engagement. Resource managers should consider differences in user recreation specialization and activity consumption when designing strategies to manage the heterogeneous activity.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/13480
Item ID: 13480
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references.
Keywords: ATV, recreation specialization, activity consumption, natural resource management, human dimensions
Department(s): Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of > Geography
Date: August 2018
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Motor vehicles--Recreational use--New Brunswick; All terrain vehicles--Environmental aspects--New Brunswick.

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