Joined at the Hip

Of course we all know that land use and transportation are two sides of the coin. But mapping the connections and figuring out how to plan based on them is never simple.

A new report from the Victoria Transport Policy Institute goes a long way to help us understand the web of interplay.

Land Use Impacts on Transport (PDF, 409K) is a survey of existing literature that ties a lot of research into a pretty comprehensive picture of the various ways that land use affects transportation. The factors considered include:

  • Density
  • Regional Accessibility
  • Centeredness
  • Land Use Mix
  • Connectivity
  • Roadway Design
  • Parking Management
  • Transit Accessibility
  • Walking and Cycling Conditions
  • Site Design and Building Orientation
  • Mobility Management

and the cumulative impacts of all of the above. A great read as an introduction, or as a frame of reference for old hands.

Credit to 1000 Friends for pointing me at this report in their newsletter.

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