Title

THE ECOLOGY OF URBAN DRIVING II - DRIVING CYCLES ACROSS A CITY: THEIR VALIDATION AND IMPLICATIONS

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

1992

Subject Area

operations - capacity, operations - traffic, infrastructure - vehicle, place - urban, mode - bike

Keywords

Vehicle navigation, Vehicle handling, Urban areas, Travel patterns, Traffic patterns, Traffic flow, Traffic capacity, Traffic, Rush hour, Peak hour traffic, Off-peak traffic, Off peak periods, Motor vehicle handling, Highway capacity, Fuel consumption, Driving, City driving, Australia

Abstract

Homogeneous urban areas defined through an urban ecology approach are used to sample traffic patterns for a series of cross city driving cycles in Perth, Western Australia. These driving cycles, including a whole city cycle, are presented for peak and off-peak driving. The cycles are validated by relating them back to the urban ecology of Perth through a simple model based on traffic events (intersection and vehicle-related events). The implications for developing a more fundamental theory of urban driving are examined, and in particular the link between increased road capacity and lowered fuel use and emissions is seriously questioned.

Comments

Transportation Research Part A Home Page: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/09658564