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Accessibility, attraction, and potential: a review of some concepts and their use in determining mobility


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  • R W Vickerman


Some confusion seems to have developed over the relationship between accessibility and travel patterns. Various concepts of attraction, accessibility, and potential are examined with the object of reaching a more satisfactory definition. Multivariate analysis of data relating to an urban area suggests that the influences of conventional accessibility indices are concealed by collinear socioeconomic variations; when these are separated there is a more pronounced relationship. It is shown that such a relationship has important consequences for urban planning.

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Article provided by Pion Ltd, London in its journal Environment and Planning A.

Volume (Year): 6 (1974)
Issue (Month): 6 (June)
Pages: 675-691

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Handle: RePEc:pio:envira:v:6:y:1974:i:6:p:675-691

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