Exploring Social and Spatial Patterns in Private Vehicle Fuel Efficiency: a case study of Brisbane and Sydney, Australia

Li, Tiebei, Dodson, Jago and Sipe, Neil (2015) Exploring Social and Spatial Patterns in Private Vehicle Fuel Efficiency: a case study of Brisbane and Sydney, Australia. Australian Geographer, 46 2: 217-233. doi:10.1080/00049182.2015.1020994


Author Li, Tiebei
Dodson, Jago
Sipe, Neil
Title Exploring Social and Spatial Patterns in Private Vehicle Fuel Efficiency: a case study of Brisbane and Sydney, Australia
Journal name Australian Geographer   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1465-3311
0004-9182
Publication date 2015-04-21
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/00049182.2015.1020994
Volume 46
Issue 2
Start page 217
End page 233
Total pages 17
Place of publication Melbourne, Australia
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract Australian cities have seen continued growth in private car travel that has resulted in increasing vehicle energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. While much research has shown that vehicle demand is related to urban spatial structure, very little research has investigated the spatial patterns of private vehicle fuel efficiency (VFE) and its association with socio-spatial circumstances in urban areas. This study has combined State-level motor vehicle registration datasets with standard vehicle efficiency measures that permit a comprehensive understanding of spatial variation of VFE in urban areas. A spatial-based technique was applied to explore intra-urban patterns in socio-spatial conditions of private vehicle efficiency in Brisbane and Sydney. In both cities, the VFE of the private vehicle fleet tends to be lower in outer suburbs than in middle and inner suburbs. The analysis further shows that by linking the standard vehicle efficiency measures to the entire urban fleet datasets the VFE outcome showed a moderate relationship to socio-spatial variables in both cities. The built environment and household economic status are more transferable factors that relate to the VFE across different urban contexts. Outcomes from this research are of relevance to policy makers charged with identifying highly oil-vulnerable communities and designing intervention strategies to improve household vehicle efficiency.
Keyword Private vehicle fleet
vehicle fuel efficiency
household transport energy
socio-economic factors
urban spatial structure
geographically weighted regressions
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management Publications
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