This paper investigates the relationship between accessible land use patterns and household travel behavior. A framework is described that provides a more behavior-based understanding of household travel than traditional trip-based travel analysis, which often does not consider the linked nature of most travel. The framework highlights travel tours, the sequence of trips that begin and end at home, as the basic unit of analysis. A typology of travel tours is offered to account for different travel purpose. This typology helps in the understanding of tours relative to the range of services typically offered in accessible neighborhoods. The relationship between tour type and neighborhood access is empirically analyzed using detailed travel data from the Central Puget Sound region of Seattle, Washington. Findings indicate that households living in areas with higher levels of neighborhood access tend to leave home more often, but make fewer stops per tour. These households make more simple tours for work and maintenance (i.e., personal, appointment and shopping) trip purposes, but there is no difference in the frequency of other types of tours. While they travel shorter distances for maintenance-type errands, a large portion of their maintenance travel is still pursued outside the neighborhood. These results suggest that living close to services has a surprisingly small savings effect on vehicle miles of travel.

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    Kluwer Academic Publishers

    P.O. Box 17
    Dordrecht,   Netherlands 
  • Authors:
    • Krizek, K J
  • Publication Date: 2003-11


  • English

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  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 387-410
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  • Accession Number: 00963301
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Sep 7 2003 12:00AM