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.

Please note that due to unforeseen circumstances, this trial has now been delayed until Sept/Oct 2017. The information below and new dates will be updated nearer the time when people will again be able to be considered for the trial.

Currently, people who commute into/around Exeter are being recruited to participate in this trial, which is expected to run during June/July 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 19 June-14 July 2017 i.e. have no more than one or two days away during that period;
  • You generally use a motorised vehicle to commute, and also use another mode of transport some of the time (e.g. public transport, walk/run, cycle) or;
  • You generally walk/run, cycle, use public transport or a combination of modes, and also use a motorised vehicle some of the time.

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 19 June to 14 July, 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 11 June, 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 15 June 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 or 01392 723337.