, Volume 40, Issue 3, pp 697-711

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

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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.