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Is there such a thing as good enough accessibility?

Paper i proceeding
Författare Cecilia Silva
Anders Larsson
Publicerad i Transportation Research Procedia, vol. 41, pp. 694-707
ISSN 2352-1465
Förlag Elsevier
Publiceringsår 2019
Publicerad vid Institutionen för ekonomi och samhälle, Kulturgeografi
Språk en
Länkar https://doi.org/10.1016/j.trpro.201...
Ämnesord Accessibility; Accessibility thresholds; Planning practice
Ämneskategorier Annan samhällsbyggnadsteknik, Fysisk planläggning, Kulturgeografi

Sammanfattning

There is growing evidence of un-reflected uses of accessibility measures making the shift to more sustainable urban development and travel behaviour nothing but a mere mirage. At the heart of these un-reflected uses seems to be the conceptual ambiguity still found around accessibility leading to an unsubstantial role in planning practice and policy. Here we argue that the search for an answer to the fundamental question of ‘how much accessibility is needed and is enough’ is one possible path to overcoming conceptual ambiguity. In line with this we argue in favour of the development of both minimum and maximum accessibility thresholds through collaborative processes and at the local level, as a potential pathway to the development of fundamental understanding on accessibility priorities and around the underlying objectives and values which are to be brought about by accessibility-based planning (such as, equity, economic development, environmental sustainability and ultimately quality of life). With a focus on the development of understanding rather than on the development of generalized standards, we put forward a research agenda on reference standards and on the processes for threshold development at the local level. The arguments raised here were developed with the involvement of several experts in the field (building on several initiatives developed over the year of 2017).

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