1997 volume 29(7) pages 1175 – 1194

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Handy S L, Niemeier D A, 1997, "Measuring accessibility: an exploration of issues and alternatives" Environment and Planning A 29(7) 1175 – 1194

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Measuring accessibility: an exploration of issues and alternatives

S L Handy, D A Niemeier

Abstract. Accessibility is an important characteristic of metropolitan areas and is often reflected in transportation and land-use planning goals. But the concept of accessibility has rarely been translated into performance measures by which policies are evaluated, despite a substantial literature on the concept. This paper is an attempt to bridge the gap between the academic literature and the practical application of such measures and provide a framework for the development of accessibility measures. Issues that planners must address in developing an accessibility measure are outlined, and two case studies suggestive of the range of possible approaches are presented.

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