Journal of Geographical Sciences

, Volume 26, Issue 12, pp 1754–1768 | Cite as

Measuring time accessibility and its spatial characteristics in the urban areas of Beijing

  • Jianghao Wang
  • Yu Deng
  • Ci Song
  • Dajiang Tian


Construction of road infrastructure is fundamental to city operation and development, as well as an important pathway and focus in physical urban-rural integration. The long-term implementation of a system of ring roads plus radiating roads in Beijing has strongly impacted urban infrastructure construction and space-time accessibility. Particularly, recent rapid growth of private car ownership in Beijing has imposed greater loads on its road system, seriously hampering urban commuting efficiency and negatively impacting quality of life. To address such challenges and enhance the rapid development of transport infrastructure, Beijing has accelerated rail transit construction since 2008 in an effort to improve commuting capacity. This paper aims to measure time accessibility and its spatial characteristics in urban areas of Beijing by applying a comprehensive method that combines vector and raster attribute data generated from road network and subway transport infrastructure. By using a dual index of accessibility and road density, the study further reveals the features of and differences in spatial accessibility and the construction of road systems in urban areas of the northern and southern parts of Beijing. The findings of this study can provide a scientific basis for future urban planning and road system construction both in general and with respect to Beijing, given its aspirations to become a world city.


accessibility road density spatial characteristics Beijing 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources ResearchCASBeijingChina
  2. 2.Jiangsu Center for Collaborative Innovation in Geographical Information Resource Development and ApplicationNanjingChina
  3. 3.The Postdoctoral Research Station of Tourism Information Research CenterBeijing Union University & University of International Business and EconomicsBeijingChina
  4. 4.School of Information Technology and ManagementUniversity of International Business and EconomicsBeijingChina

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