The Spatial Consideration of a Movement
For an unit (whatever it is an unit of freight, a person or information)
to be transferred between an origin A and a destination B, the friction
of distance must be considered, which is the effect that each
unit of distance may have on a movement. Spatial constraints such as distance,
the physiography (elements of the landscape such as rivers and elevations)
or different administrative divisions (notably for international transportation)
impede movements. Furthermore, infrastructure must be present
and available in order to support a movement. It is common, although not the rule, for transfer
costs to increase proportionally with distance. If costs are
prohibitive, a transfer cannot occur or is economically unsound.
There is consequently a distance after which a transfer cannot be
economically justified, but this varies according to the mode used.
Specific transportation modes, because of their
performance, have a strong spatial consideration. For instance, given
the same amount of time, a pedestrian may cross a D(W) distance, while
a cyclist and an automobilist would cross a D(C) and a D(D) distance
respectively. Different modes have consequently different relationships
with space because of their respective frictions of distance.