Techniques for assessing the walkability of the pedestrian environment

This paper presents the results of a research project conducted in the UK designed to increase understanding of the factors which influence levels of walking and pedestrian route choice. It describes a number of techniques that were used to assess the pedestrian environment from a pedestrian's perspective. These techniques included a computer based tool developed using stated preference surveys to determine the relative values of a range of factors in the pedestrian environment; an on-street survey that was designed to investigate values and attitudes towards different attributes of the pedestrian environment along a route; and finally an 'on the move survey' where pedestrian volunteers were interviewed while walking along the route in order to get an actual account of their experiences as they walk. A case study is then used to show the benefits and disadvantages of using these different techniques and compares the results of the three techniques along a pedestrian route in the City of Leeds in the UK. The results of this comparison show that there were a number of pedestrian attributes considered important by pedestrians when walking including pavement cleanliness, safe crossing places, and good connectivity.


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  • Pagination: 13p
  • Monograph Title: 8th International Conference on Walking and Liveable Communities: putting pedestrians first: Toronto, October 1st to 14th, 2007

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  • Accession Number: 01385167
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 22 2012 6:40PM