ASSESSING THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN URBAN FORM AND TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS: A LITERATURE REVIEW AND CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK

An interest in the development of long-range policy for energy conservation motivates the investigation into the relationship between urban form and transportation energy consumption. The report reviews previous studies which have attempted, either directly or indirectly, to cast some light on this relationship. A thesis of the paper is that study of the relationship has been hampered by a lack of an operational definition for the concept of urban form. Addressing itself to this need, it is proposed that urban spatial structure be measured in terms of size, shape, and activity distribution of the urbanized area. The review of literature classifies previous studies according to the aspect of urban form which was investigated. Travel requirements appear to increase as urban area population increases, but beyond this finding, no clear relationship between urban form and total urban travel requirements has yet been established in the literature.

  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Washington, Seattle

    Urban Transportation Program
    Seattle, WA  USA  98195

    Urban Mass Transportation Administration

    400 7th Street, SW
    Washington, DC  USA  20590
  • Authors:
    • Clark, J W
  • Publication Date: 1975-8

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  • Pagination: 47 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00137367
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UMTA-URT-3-75-6 Res. Rpt., UMTA-WA-11-0003-75-2
  • Contract Numbers: FWPCA-WA-11-0003
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Sep 16 1981 12:00AM