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Walter G. Hansen’s paper “How accessibility shapes land use” was published 60 years ago. In this paper, Hansen introduced the concept of accessibility as “the potential of opportunities for interaction” (Hansen, 1959, p.73) and developed a model to assess accessibility patterns, which he presented as a potential tool for city and transport professionals. The concept of accessibility has since then gained traction, and a lot of research has been conducted on the topic from a variety of perspectives. Research has demonstrated that accessibility has significant impacts on land use developments, travel behavior and, more recently, social inclusion. In addition, some argue that accessibility is an appropriate objective in itself – that the purpose of transportation-land use systems is to facilitate social and economic interactions. In line with this, accessibility is now increasingly considered as a relevant tool to evaluate and plan urban areas and transport systems in a coordinated manner to achieve a variety of societal objectives. The implementation of accessibility in practice has nonetheless been, and still remains, a challenge. Although a wide variety of accessibility measures have been developed in the last two decades, the implementation of accessibility concepts into planning practice has been slow and at times plagued by misconceptions.
This call for papers is intended to bring researchers together to advance our knowledge of Accessibility for Policy and Practice. This Call for Papers is made jointly by the World Society for Transport and Land Use Research (WSTLUR) and the Transportation Research Board’s Transportation Land Development Committee (ADD30).
This Call for Papers welcomes papers on any aspect of accessibility, with an emphasis on policy implications and practical applications. More specifically, topics of interest include, but are not limited, to the following:
· Innovations in accessibility measurement
· Accessibility by active transport modes
· Impacts of accessibility on quality of life and the environment
· Analysis of barriers and successes concerning the use of accessibility in policy and practice
· Socio-spatial equity and accessibility
· Effects of accessibility on urban development, sprawl and travel behavior
· Accessibility effects of new forms of mobility (ride hailing, automated vehicle, etc.)