PEDESTRIAN TRAFFIC PLANNING AND THE PERCEPTION OF THE URBAN ENVIRONMENT: A FRENCH EXAMPLE

Planning pedestrian traffic in the city involves a better understanding of pedestrians' behavior and their perception of the urban environment. Lynch's (1961) studies proposed A qualitative method. An alternative method, essentially quantitative, is proposed here: pedestrians surveyed are asked to locate on a paper some well-known landmarks (six in all). Distances between each pair of them are measured. The model allows (1) interpretation of the degree of agreement between mental maps, and (2) a study of the "mean" map. Perception seems to make space more symmetrical. Distortions can be explained by two effects: differences in transportation modes, and a particular knowledge of the neighborhood. The mental map recovered through multidimensional scaling is compared with the topographic one. It does not have the metric topology. /Author/TRRL/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Pion Limited

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    London NW2 5JN,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Marchand, B
  • Publication Date: 1974

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 491-507
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00099145
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 18 1975 12:00AM