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Table 1 Profiles of participants (alphabetical order of pseudonyms)

From: Motivations for active commuting: a qualitative investigation of the period of home or work relocation

Pseudonym Age (years) Description of commute before relocation Description of commute after relocation
Alice 33 Drove to the park-and-ride, then took the bus Does the same from her new home, which is a similar distance from work
Andy 31 Cycled to the station (15 minutes), took the train to Cambridge and cycled to work (10 minutes). For the first two years in this house he drove to work, before beginning to take the train Does the same (cycle, train, cycle) from his new house, which is a similar distance from work
Anna 40 Drove most of the way to work, parked in a residential area and then walked the remaining distance to work (around 10 minutes) Does the same from her new home
Beth 40 Drove to the park-and-ride, and then walked from there to work Does the same from her new home, which is further from work
Chloe 32 Lived close to work and cycled five minutes to get there Walks 10 minutes to the bus stop, and takes the bus to work
Chris 31 Cycled seven miles to work on two or three days each week, and drove on the other days Lives too far from work to cycle and drives every day
Clare 30 Cycled to work Lives closer to work and uses a scooter
Daniel 45 Drove and occasionally cycled Still drives to work from his new home, which is closer to work
Dave 25 Walked to work; has also used the bus Walks to work (45 minutes). He has signed a contract for a new flat, and will soon be moving home much closer to work
Deborah 42 Cycled Still cycles. The new commute is longer (25 minutes)
Emily 34 Cycled For her new job she walks to work (20 minutes)
Emma 30 Took the bus, or occasionally drove Cycles to work (15–20 minutes) from her new home, which is closer to work
Gemma 37 Cycled to work with her children in a trailer New commute is too far to cycle, especially with the children, so she now drives
George 27 Cycled (15 minutes) Either walks (12 minutes) or cycles (six minutes); his new home is closer to work
Grace 57 Either cycled or walked (40 minutes) New home is further from work. She walks to the station (15 minutes), takes the train to Cambridge, then cycles (10 minutes) to work
Jack 49 Cycled Still cycles; the new journey is slightly longer
Kate 52 Walked Still walks; the duration of the journey is similar (20 minutes)
Laura 29 Cycled Her new job is further from home and she needs her car for work, so she now drives to work each day
Liz 46 Drove She drives to work (lives closer to work)
Lucy 30 Cycled (40 minutes) Cycles (20 minutes)
Megan 48 Drove to the park-and-ride, and then walked to work Walks (five minutes)
Mike 55 Motorbike Walks to the station (15 minutes), takes the train to Cambridge, and then walks to work (15 minutes)
Rebecca 41 Drove She drives to work (new home is closer to work)
Sophie 28 Cycled four days a week and ran one day a week She now works in London; she walks to the station (eight minutes), takes the train to London, then walks to work (10 minutes)
Susan 41 Combination of walking and cycling She still walks (22 minutes) or cycles a similar distance to her new job. She is in the process of buying a new house further from work, and plans to continue cycling or to use public transport
Zoe 37 Used to live in her own home; then she moved in to her mother’s house (further from work) to care for her when she became ill, and drove to work She is now living back at her own home again and either drives or cycles to work