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Volume 73, issue 1
Geogr. Helv., 73, 115-126, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/gh-73-115-2018
© Author(s) 2018. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.
Geogr. Helv., 73, 115-126, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/gh-73-115-2018
© Author(s) 2018. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Standard article 16 Mar 2018

Standard article | 16 Mar 2018

Pendeln zwischen zwei Oberzentren – von verlorener bis geschenkter Zeit

Martina Roggendorf1 and Claus-C. Wiegandt2 Martina Roggendorf and Claus-C. Wiegandt
  • 1infas Institut für angewandte Sozialwissenschaft GmbH, Friedrich-Wilhelm-Str. 18, 53113 Bonn, Germany
  • 2Geographisches Institut der Universität Bonn, Meckenheimer Allee 166, 53115 Bonn, Germany

Abstract. The importance of commuting especially between large urban centers has become a major topic as a growing number of people cover increasing distances to reach their workplaces. Based on this approach, the article looks into commuting between the cities of Cologne and Bonn. Social ties to these centers were identified as a main cause for commuting. 20 interviews were analyzed to set up five social types of commuters who have very different perceptions of their daily commute: For the “stressed out” commuting means psychological distress, for the “unsatisfied” it is a disruptive factor while the “pragmatics” accept it as means to an end. The “opportunists” try to use the time of commuting in the most efficient way and for the “profiteers” it's even a valuable time-out in their daily routine. Besides aspects as duration and transportation mode, especially personal attitudes and qualities proved to be important.

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The importance of commuting especially between large urban centers has become a major topic as a growing number of people cover increasing distances to reach their workplaces. Based on this approach, the article looks into commuting between the cities of Cologne and Bonn. Social ties to these centers were identified as a main cause for commuting. 20 interviews were analyzed to set up five social types of commuters who have very different perceptions of their daily commute.
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