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Accessibility instruments for planning practice: bridging the gap between academic research and decision-making.

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  • Transport

One of the core objectives of urban planning practice is to provide spatial equity in terms of opportunities and use of public space and facilities. Accessibility is the element that serves this purpose as a concept linking the reciprocal relationship between transport and land use, thus shaping individual potential mobility to reach the desired destinations. Accessibility concepts are increasingly acknowledged as fundamental to understand the functioning of cities and urban regions. Indeed, by introducing them in planning practice, better solutions can be achieved in terms of spatial equity. The COST Action TU1002 "Accessibility instruments for planning practice" was specifically designed to address the gap between scientific research in measuring and modelling accessibility, and the current use of indicators of accessibility in urban planning practice. This paper shows the full process of introducing an easily understandable measure of accessibility to planning practitioners in Madrid, which is one of the case studies of the above-mentioned COST action. Changes in accessibility after the opening of a new metro line using contour measures were analyzed and then presented to a selection of urban planners and practitioners in Madrid as part of a workshop to evaluate the usefulness of this tool for planning practice. Isochrone maps were confirmed as an effective tool, as their utility can be supplemented by other indicators, and being GIS-based, it can be easily computed (when compared with transport models) and integrated with other datasets.
XVIII Congreso Panamericano de Ingeniería de Tránsito, Transporte y Logística, PANAM 2014
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Actas del XVIII Congreso Panamericano de Ingeniería de Tránsito, Transporte y Logística, PANAM 2014
  • Autor: Rosa Maria Arce Ruiz UPM
  • Autor: Mariemil Carrasquel Quintero Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
  • Autor: María Henar Salas-Olmedo Universidad Complutense de Madrid
  • Autor: Emilio Ortega Perez UPM

Research Group, Departaments and Institutes related
  • Creador: Grupo de Investigación: Planificación del Transporte
  • Centro o Instituto I+D+i: Centro de Investigación del Transporte
  • Departamento: Ingeniería Civil: Transporte y Territorio
  • Departamento: Ingeniería y Gestión Forestal y Ambiental