Mobility Patterns in Maastricht and Berlin (NL/GER)

Additional information on data privacy

Research Purpose:

The dataset is used to achieve the following goals:

  • Illustration of the status quo of the traffic behaviour of participating citizens from Maastricht and Berlin
  • Detection of "social hotspots", areas in the cities where many tracks begin and end, and analysing these hotspots in terms of infrastructure, leisure facilities, etc.
  • Analysis of the traffic behaviour of different demographic subgroups in order to develop improved mobility services, e.g. public transport packages adapted to the needs of the subgroup
  • Influence of routine, planning behaviour and other personality traits on mobility behaviour
  • Gain insights into multimodality in the two cities

InnoZ GmbH (provider of the modalyzer tool) provides aggregated analyses of participants' mobility data. The executing organisations (Maastricht University School of Business and Economics and BISS Institute) receive aggregated results for research purposes. The analyses mainly comprise tables, graphs (e.g. heat maps) and transport- and classification statistics (e.g. separated by gender, age).

Since the aggregated data are incorporated into ongoing research projects and in particular into Hannah Schmitt's doctoral thesis, they will also be published (e.g. peer-reviewed paper, other specialist journals, but possibly also in the local press). However, your personal mobility data are never individually visible or recognizable to outsiders. We generally evaluate aggregated data sets, i.e. paths of larger subgroups or all participants. In addition, the findings are also communicated to "Maastricht Bereikbaar" in order to improve the understanding of mobility in the city of Maastricht and serve as inspiration for future projects.

InnoZ GmbH will forward the e-mail addresses of participants to the executing organisation for communication purposes. In particular, it is planned to contact all participants of this study with an invitation to a complimentary online survey to the study. Additionally, the e-mail addresses will be used by the executing organisations to contact the winners. Offering and providing the prizes is sole responsibility of the executing organisations.

Research Period:


Use of already recorded data:

If you take part in the project, the data already recorded by you within the investigation period (19.11. to 09.12.18) will also be included in the analysis.

Executing organisations:

Maastricht University School of Business and Economics, Tongersestraat 53, 6211LM Maastricht BISS Institute, Smedestraat 2, 6411CR Heerlen


Hannah Schmitt, Maastricht University