, Volume 40, Issue 3, pp 697-711

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Reviewing the axial-line approach to capturing vehicular trip-makers’ route-choice decisions with ground reality

  • Abhijit PaulAffiliated withDepartment of Architecture, Jadavpur University Email author 

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This paper reports some limitations of the axial analysis theory as a basis for modeling the distribution of vehicular movement with a relationship study between the syntax configuration of a North American city and its vehicular flow pattern. Along with the relevance of the axial-line philosophy of capturing vehicular trip-makers’ route-choice decisions, many general concerns dealing with the effects of network character, land use, traffic congestion, and configuration boundary have been critically analyzed with theoretical and empirical research results. A few procedural concerns have also been discussed. The conclusions suggest that the inclusion of the real-world variables of traffic and network studies into the methodology of generating configuration–movement relationships is expected to make the space syntax approach to modeling vehicular movement networks comprehensive.


Vehicular traffic estimation Route choice Space syntax Axial analysis Network character Mobility characteristics Land use