Intervention trial (Phase 2ii)

The research team discussed and selected the most applicable intervention for trialling during this Phase of the project, based on available resources and capacity to measure any change(s) in behaviour. This intervention investigates the impact of mobile phone messaging on commuter travel mode choices.

Currently, people who commute into/around Exeter are being recruited to participate in this trial, which is expected to run during September/October 2017.

Who can be part of the trial?

You can be considered for the trial if:

  • You are aged 18 or over and typically commute into or within Exeter for work, college or university at least 16 days per month (Mondays to Fridays);
  • You are expecting to commute to work/study in your typical pattern for the period 11 September-6 October 2017 i.e. have no more than one or two days away during that period; and,
  • You generally commute using a motor vehicle for the entire journey, and on other days use another mode or combination of modes
    OR
  • You generally walk/run, cycle, use public transport or a combination of modes, and on other days commute using a motor vehicle for the entire journey.

If you’re selected for the trial, we will ask you to:

  1. Receive a short briefing e-mail from a researcher to support you in understanding how to participate in the trial;
  2. Be able to use a smartphone to receive a daily text message on 20 of the days during the trial period of 11 September-6 October 2017, providing messages and information about commuting choices;
  3. Be able to use a smartphone to access a link provided to record the travel mode(s) you used on each of the days you commuted to work/study during this period;
  4. Post any individual private feedback on a website to record your reactions to the messages and your commuting experience on a daily basis; and,
  5. Attend a 90 minute post-trial workshop at the University of Exeter to provide feedback on the trial (early evening on a weekday, date to be advised).

How to be considered for the trial:

If you want to be considered, please take a few minutes to complete this survey by the end of Sunday 20 August, which will help us finalise the selection. By completing the survey and leaving your details at the end, we will know that you want to be part of the trial and we will contact you by 4 September (at the latest) to let you know if you’ve been selected.

If selected, we are offering every participant an £80 High Street voucher on full completion of the trial in recognition of their commitment.

Where can I find out more information about the trial?

Read more information about Commute Exeter for full details about the trial. If you’re selected for the trial, we will ask you to sign a consent form to confirm that you have read and understood this information.

If you have any queries about the project, please contact Dr Sal Lampkin on s.lampkin@exeter.ac.uk or 01392 723337.