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A Use-Based Measure of Accessibility to Linear Features to Predict Urban Trail Use

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Author(s): John R. Ottensmann | Greg Lindsey

Journal: Journal of Transport and Land Use
ISSN 1938-7849

Volume: 1;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 41;
Date: 2008;
Original page

Keywords: Accessibility | Trails

ABSTRACT
The standard Hansen measure of accessibility is extended to provide a use-based measure of accessibility reflecting the elasticity of use with respect to the level of provision of facilities. This is further extended to provide a measure of accessibility to linear features, such as trails (as opposed to features at point locations such as parks and libraries). Results from a survey on the use of urban trails in Indianapolis, Indiana are used to test the ability of this accessibility measure to predict trail use. The use-based measure of accessibility to linear features provides better predictions of use and more consistent estimates of the effects of distance and level of facility provision on trail use.
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