Accessibility Instruments

This section covers the 24 accessibility instruments reviewed in this Cost Action. Here, they are presented and compared. Overview some general characteristics below.


According to the authors, the main motivation to develop an accessibility instrument can be roughly divided in three categories: policy and planning support, scientific enquiry, or a combination of the two. 10 can be placed in the first category, 4 in the second, and 8 in the third.






Regarding the planning goals, 10 accessibility tools have a multi objective structure. 8 of the other tools are mainly aimed at deciding on the location of residences, activities or services – urban planning oriented. The remaining 4 are focused on managing, encouraging or reducing the use of a particular transport mode – transport planning oriented.






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All the characteristics of each instrument have been summarized below.

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About the COST Program

COST is an intergovernmental framework for european Cooperation and Technology, allowing the coordination of nationally-funded research on a European level. More information here.

About the COST Domain TUD

TUD fosters research coordination in the fields of transport and the built environment, which play a strategic role in the modern society and economy. More information here.

About this Action

Accessibility concepts are increasingly acknoledged as fundamental to understand the functioning of cities and urban regions. More information here.