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Research report 452 Predicting walkability

Published: | Category: Sustainable land transport , Research programme , Research & reports | Audience: General

This research provides a number of mathematical formulas for predicting the quality of the walking environment from the perspective of the user using operational and physical variables. The formulas were derived by combining the perception data gathered from participants in the community street reviews with measurements of the walking environment.

The two main areas that were researched to enable the derivation of formulas were:

  • when walking along the road (path length)
  • when crossing the road (road crossing).

This research describes the process for obtaining the data and deriving the formulas, and recommends the formulas most suitable for practitioner use. This research and the background resource material can be referenced at www.levelofservice.com(external link).

Keywords: accessibility, community street review, correlation, crossings, level of service, mathematical formula, path length, pedestrian, pleasantness, predicting, quality, road crossing, safety, walkability, walkable

Publication details

  • Author:
  • Published: September 2011
  • Reference: 452
  • ISBN/ISSN: ISBN 978-0-478-38028-6 (electronic)