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The ecology of urban driving II--driving cycles across a city: Their validation and implications


  • Newman, P. W. G.
  • Kenworthy, J. R.
  • Lyons, T. J.


Homogeneous urban areas defined through an urban ecology approach are used to sample traffic patterns for a series of cross city driving cycles in Perth, Western Australia. These driving cycles, including a whole city cycle, are presented for peak and off-peak driving. The cycles are validated by relating them back to the urban ecology of Perth through a simple model based on traffic events (intersection and vehicle-related events). The implications for developing a more fundamental theory of urban driving are examined, and in particular the link between increased road capacity and lowered fuel use and emissions is seriously questioned.

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  • Newman, P. W. G. & Kenworthy, J. R. & Lyons, T. J., 1992. "The ecology of urban driving II--driving cycles across a city: Their validation and implications," Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, Elsevier, vol. 26(3), pages 273-290, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:transa:v:26:y:1992:i:3:p:273-290

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    1. Keirstead, James & Jennings, Mark & Sivakumar, Aruna, 2012. "A review of urban energy system models: Approaches, challenges and opportunities," Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Elsevier, vol. 16(6), pages 3847-3866.

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