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Benchmarking Accessibility in Cities

Measuring the Impact of Proximity and Transport Performance
Benchmarking Accessibility in Cities: Measuring the Impact of Proximity and Transport Performance

This report presents a new urban accessibility framework. It identifies which destinations can be reached on foot, by bicycle, public transport or car within a certain time (accessibility). It then measures how many destinations are close by (proximity). The comparison between accessible destinations and nearby destinations shows how well each transport mode performs (transport performance). These three indicators are calculated for destinations such as schools, hospitals, food shops, restaurants, people, recreational opportunities and green spaces in 121 cities in 30 European countries.

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Policy Insights

  • Use the new urban accessibility framework to compare and benchmark cities.
  • Improve accessibility by reducing trip lengths and enhancing transport performance.
  • Learn from similar cities with higher accessibility scores.
  • Collect more and better urban mobility data, notably on walking and cycling.

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