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Spatial Structure and Development Patterns of Urban Traffic Flow Network in Less Developed Areas: A Sustainable Development Perspective

by 1,2,†, 3,4,†, 5,*, 6, 7 and 8
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School of Civil Engineering, Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu 610032, China
2
China Railway Engineering Corporation, Beijing 100071, China
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Northeast Institute of Geography and Agroecology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun 130012, China
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College of Resources and Environment, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China
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School of Economics and Management, Beijing Jiaotong University, Beijing 100044, China
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Logistics Department, Beijing Wuzi University, Beijing 101149, China
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Institute of History and Tourism Culture, Inner Mongolia University, Hohhot 010021, China
8
Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QQ, UK
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Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
These authors contributed equally to this work.
Academic Editor: Luigi Aldieri
Sustainability 2022, 14(13), 8095; https://doi.org/10.3390/su14138095
Received: 27 May 2022 / Revised: 23 June 2022 / Accepted: 28 June 2022 / Published: 2 July 2022
Sustainable development is a scientific development requirement for economic, social, and ecological development and is particularly important for less developed areas to achieve high quality development. Among them, the traffic flow network is a key contributor to economic activity and an inclusive society, as well as influencing the regional ecology, and is an important way to reflect the connection and structure of cities and towns. Based on the literature related to sustainable development, the article takes the passenger traffic data of highways, railways, and aviation of Inner Mongolia in 2021 as the sample and applies the complex network analysis method to analyze the traffic flow network structure and refine the spatial development patterns. The results show that: (1) The highway network is manifested as the connection between the central urban areas and surrounding banner counties and the connection between the adjacent banner counties. The railroad flow is extended and expanded by the railway line with core cities as the development axis. The internal and external connections of Hohhot are the general form of aviation network. The less developed areas under traffic flow network show obvious pointing of core cities and important node towns. (2) Each traffic flow network has the tendency of scale-free and small-world properties. The influence of key town nodes in the traffic flow network is relatively limited. (3) The town connection patterns under the highway, railway, and air flow networks are “single-core and multi-point”, “axis-spoke”, and “hub-spoke”, respectively. The multiple traffic flows support the development framework of towns in less developed areas. This paper also proposes strategies for the regional transport and urban pattern with complementary advantages and high quality and sustainable development in less developed areas. View Full-Text
Keywords: SDGs; space of flows; underdeveloped areas; urban structure; connection of cities and towns SDGs; space of flows; underdeveloped areas; urban structure; connection of cities and towns
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Su, X.; Zheng, C.; Yang, Y.; Yang, Y.; Zhao, W.; Yu, Y. Spatial Structure and Development Patterns of Urban Traffic Flow Network in Less Developed Areas: A Sustainable Development Perspective. Sustainability 2022, 14, 8095. https://doi.org/10.3390/su14138095

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Su X, Zheng C, Yang Y, Yang Y, Zhao W, Yu Y. Spatial Structure and Development Patterns of Urban Traffic Flow Network in Less Developed Areas: A Sustainable Development Perspective. Sustainability. 2022; 14(13):8095. https://doi.org/10.3390/su14138095

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Su, Xiaokun, Chenrouyu Zheng, Yefei Yang, Yafei Yang, Wen Zhao, and Yue Yu. 2022. "Spatial Structure and Development Patterns of Urban Traffic Flow Network in Less Developed Areas: A Sustainable Development Perspective" Sustainability 14, no. 13: 8095. https://doi.org/10.3390/su14138095

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