This report provides a detailed study and analysis of the habits and perceptions of Boston College students when it comes to ride sharing apps and their environmental awareness surrounding transportation.
“What is the reason for students’ desire to transport via vehicle sharing apps over public transportation?”
How are carbon emissions on campus impacted through the use of vehicle sharing apps?”
This study’s aim was to build an understanding surrounding the high increase in ride sharing app use on Boston College’s campus.
Once IRB approved the research, a Qualtrics survey was sent out to Boston College students. The students were asked to respond to 21 questions that assessed their Uber and Lyft usage as well as questions that pertained to their environmental awareness.
One reason for this is due to convenience
most commonly responded with “convenience” and “efficiency”.
students are evidently attracted to to the speed and increased accessibility of this form of transportation
a significant portion of students are still opting to allocate money towards the quickest, most convenient option.
Our research shows that convenience and ease seems to trump environmental awareness and protection
he idea that students are using these apps in excess to save time means they may not be prioritizing their health and physical exercise.
he increased use of ride sharing apps is harmful to student health in this regard but is also an environmental hazard as Murtaza Heider points out in his paper.
he survey revealed some interesting habits and choices made by students.
One of the main limitations was surveying the BC student population and not a larger population.
The second biggest limitation was limited
access to quantitative data
limitation shifted our focus to more sociological factors.
e decided to create a survey with several questions aimed at understanding how and why students make certain decisions in terms of transportation habits and the environment.
he results we received revealed less about the amount of emissions and more about the behaviors of students on campus
he convenience and reliability of this form of transportation has made Uber and Lyft extremely successful and attractive to many
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