Geografie 1998, 103, 428-436

Morning Peak Hours as a Base for Geographical Studies in the Hinterland of Czech Towns

Pavel Mudrych

Terplan, a. s., pobočka Brno, Bašty 2, 658 09 Brno, Czechia

The article tests the hypotesis that morning peak hours are a sufficient basis for examination of spatial interactions in the hinterland of Czech towns. Special attention is given to the end of morning peak hours, based on field investigation of public transport in fifteen towns. Morning peak hours are compared with other peak hours during the day. Fluctuations of the hinterland during morning peak hours are also described (pulsing of hinterland). The article proves that studies of morning peak hours only are insufficient if the transport influence of an urban centre on its hinterland should be thorougly explained.