This paper deals generally with transportation, its planning and interrelationship to an evolving world environment marked by new social positions, economic patterns and an increasingly dominant role of leisure and recreation. An overview of past experience reveals the structure and evolution of the transport planning process from its early days as a merely traffic functional to its contemporary role as a sophisticated behaviourally oriented approach integrated with the urban environment serious doubts have however been expressed as to whether the latest achievements in the behavioural modelling front have produced more rational and accurate results than simpler methods when combined with human judgment. Concerning leisure trips the choice pattern to be modelled differs substantially from that of other trips as it is more psychologically oriented, less easily separable into the conventional transport choice decisions and irregular in time and space. A redefined planning process should adapt to the new dynamic environment, incorporating factors and variables more relevant to contemporary planning issues than those traditionally used. Qualitative analysis is becoming more important in assisting the overall planning exercise. This is of greater significance in situations more dependent on subjective choice criteria and unquantifiable factors such as in the case of recreational travel, that is doubtlessly going to expand in the coming years. (TRRL)

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  • Accession Number: 00396650
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 30 1985 12:00AM