Urban Microcirculation

  • Ying Jin


Urban microcirculation refers to the flows of passenger and goods traffic in and around low capacity transport links in the city, principally flows for accessing homes, businesses, institutions, and intercity transport gateways. This is often the part of the transport system that received least attention and investment in the last few decades. However, urban microcirculation has become key to changing travel behavior in our quest for sustainability. Most significantly, it is in urban microcirculation that all who work on planning, design, construction, and management of the built environment must collaborate in order to achieve effective and sustainable transport solutions. This chapter outlines the main drivers for travel behavior, interactions between travel and urban land use, and a new approach to managing urban traffic to maximize economic, social, and environmental benefits. Learning Scope: On successful completion of this chapter, readers will be able to: (1) Understand what fundamentally drives travel behavior in the city. (2) Appreciate the basic features of urban transport systems and its interaction with activities and land use. (3) Gain basic knowledge on how to approach urban transport from the point of view of reconciling traffic, people, and activities in urban space.


Traffic circulation Travel behavior Seamless travel Sustainable transport Infrastructure investment Integration of infrastructure services 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Martin Centre for Architectural and Urban Studies, Department of ArchitectureUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeUK

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