It is well-known that total personal mobility has been rising rapidly in recent years in Western societies. Much of the growth has not been new journeys, but the lengthening of existing trips. However, which trips are involved is not always understood. This paper addresses evidence to show that the most important category of trips which are lengthening are everyday local trips. Previously under three miles or so, and often once made on foot, many local trips are now 10 miles long, necessarily car-using and impinging on long-distance road infrastructure. The paper looks at the change in such trips in Britain, highlights the impact on transport policy, and addresses the new requirements in information and analysis that will be needed to underpin new policies which may tackle the phenomenon of the 'passenger trip length surge'. (A)

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    Landor Publishing Limited

    Quadrant House 250 Kennington Lane
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  • Authors:
    • Potter, S
  • Publication Date: 1995


  • English

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 7-15
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  • Accession Number: 00720875
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: May 24 1996 12:00AM