Exploring the relationship between commuting and the exurban community: a case study of Niverville, Manitoba
Traditional methods of studying commute patterns consist of calculating the distance between residential and work locations and the duration of travel. Recent methods however, have shifted to include information regarding the choices people make for their daily commute and what influences them to make these decisions. Analyzing the commute itself is not sufficient anymore, as individual preferences for a particular community, or lifestyle, largely influences a persons’ commute. This research is a case study of Niverville Manitoba – a small town that can be characterized as an exurban community. Niverville represents a growing preference for a particular lifestyle that is perceived as inducing longer commuting distances for its residents. As populations’ increase in exurban communities, it raises questions as to why people desire to live there and if their commutes are as long as perceived.