2012 volume 39(2) pages 247 – 261

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Helminen V, Rita H, Ristimäki M, Kontio P, 2012, "Commuting to the centre in different urban structures" Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design 39(2) 247 – 261

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Commuting to the centre in different urban structures

Ville Helminen, Hannu Rita, Mika Ristimäki, Panu Kontio

Received 15 January 2010; in revised form 11 August 2010; published online 24 May 2011

Abstract. Density gradients have been a common approach when estimating decentralisation processes with monocentric models. In this study the gradient approach is applied to measure the traditional pattern of commuting to the centre from surrounding areas. Availability of empirical origin – destination data on commuting enables comparisons between increasing numbers of different urban areas. Empirical data on commuting patterns in nine cities from Finland and the United Kingdom are used. In the model the probability of commuting depends on the distance to the centre. The result is the parameterisation of the distance-decay curve of commuting. The estimated parameter values enable identification of different urban structures.

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