Title: Urban mobility under the complex network perspective: a case study of the urban road networks of Thessaly, Greece
Authors: Dimitrios Tsiotas
Addresses: Department of Planning and Regional Development, University of Thessaly, Pedion Areos, Volos, 38 334, Greece
Abstract: This article studies the topology of four urban road networks (URNs) in the region of Thessaly, Greece, comparatively with some aspects of their socioeconomic environment. The purpose of the study is to enlighten the interrelation between network structure and traffic, as defined in the case of URNs submitted to spatial constraints, and to reveal the topological patterns describing the concept of urban mobility. The methodological approach examines whether some fundamental measures of complex network analysis are related to socioeconomic indices of urban mobility in the socioeconomic framework of the URNs of Thessaly. Overall, the analysis provides interesting insights about the effects of spatial constraints on the network topology, the magnitude of the examined URNs comparatively with global cases, the growth patterns between connectivity and distance, and how the network topology is related to urban mobility, population, and market information.
Keywords: spatial networks; transportation networks; lattice networks; city organisation index; urban planning and development.
International Journal of Network Science, 2017 Vol.1 No.3, pp.248 - 268
Received: 13 Sep 2016
Accepted: 08 Dec 2016
Published online: 04 Apr 2017 *