This paper reports the initial stages of a study of the impact of differing levels of spatial mobility upon various sections of the population and is based on a review of the literature relevant to the social dimension of the urban transport problem. A conceptual framework for studying mobility is outlined but the difficulty of defining operational measures is emphasised. A summary follows of the principal results of empirical studies which have sought to describe variations in mobility in the population and their effects on both trip-making behaviour and activity patterns. Relevant social, economic and physical trends are discussed and conflicting views of the value to society of increasing mobility are presented. This leads to an assessment of the objectives and policies which might be pursued in approaching the social aspect of the urban transport problem and of the planning process necessary for devising suitable policies.(a) An earlier version of this paper was read at the Annual Conference of the Universities Transport Study Group at the University of Surrey, January 1975. /TRRL/

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    • From the Transactions of the Martin Center for Architectural and Urban Strudies, Cambridge University, England.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Woodhead-Faulkner Publishers, Limited

    8 Market Passage
    Cambridge,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Doubleday, C
  • Publication Date: 1977

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  • Accession Number: 00195475
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • ISBN: 0-85941-060-9
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 15 1981 12:00AM