The relocation of a circus school from the perspective of mobility of its participants

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In spatial planning theory and practice, travel behaviour is often linked to spatial structure (distance, safety…) and neighbourhood characteristics. A lot of mobility research considers also circumstances (age, luggage, weather…). Research in behavioural studies in economics, psychology, marketing… includes personality and choice of individuals in surplus. Empirical evidence of all these theories in real live cases is rather scarce. Using the real-life case of the relocation of a recreation service, we analyse its effects from several theoretical perspectives common in Flanders. We will confront the existing theories applied in materials on a Flemish scale with bottom-up information from the case. Circolito is a circus school in Mechelen, a city in Flanders, Belgium, between Antwerp and Brussels. Its aim is to teach toddlers, children, youngsters and adults circus skills on a weekly basis. In the spring of 2018, the school moved from an inner-city location to a suburban location. A year before the move and short after it, all users were invited to fill out a survey concerning their mobility behaviour, trip chaining and perception of the location. The results of the survey will be discussed in relation to tools and practices in spatial planning in Flanders, applied in the city of Mechelen and the area of origin of the circus school participants. Although the case is specific, some of the results can help to formulate new research questions and discussion for policy.
travel behaviour, spatial structure, real life case, human perspective, applied theories