Residential location and travel in Hangzhou metropolitan area
All authors:
Naess, P.
Country: China
Publication year: 2007
Published in:
VREF, Smaller Project 2004-36
Research theme: Mobility and Access
spatial planning, modal choice, residential location, Hangzhou
Final Report
The theme of this report is how spatial planning in urban areas can be used to influence the amount of travel and the proportions carried out by different modes of conveyance. The report is based on a pioneering study of residential location and travel in an affluent Chinese urban region, viz. the Hangzhou Metropolitan Area in the province of Zhejiang. A quantitative travel survey approach has been combined with qualitative interviews in order to identify the more detailed mechanisms through which urban structure affects travel behavior. Rationales for activity participation, location of activities, modal choice and route choice make up important links in these mechanisms. The statistical analyses include a broad range of urban structural, socioeconomic and attitudinal variables. Differences between population groups in the way urban structure affects travel behavior have also been investigated. The Hangzhou Metropolitan Area study shows that residential location affects travel behavior, also when taking into consideration socioeconomic and attitudinal differences among the inhabitants.
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