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Unpacking Walkability: Testing the Influence of Urban Design Features on Perceptions of Walking Environment Attractiveness
Journal of Urban Design (2012)
  • Arlie Adkins, Portland State University
  • Jennifer Dill, Portland State University
  • Gretchen Luhr, Portland State University
  • Margaret Neal, Portland State University
Abstract
The potential environmental and health benefits of active transportation modes (e.g. walking and cycling) have led to considerable research on the influence of the built environment on travel. This paper presents the findings of a study combining environmental audits and a survey-based respondent mapping tool to test the influence of micro-scale built environment characteristics, including ‘green street’ storm water management features, on resident perceptions of walking environment attractiveness. Results suggest that this method is sensitive enough to unpack a concept like walkability into individual component characteristics. Findings from an ordinary least squares (OLS) regression model indicate that in a predominantly single-family residential context well-designed green street facilities, as well as other features such as parks, separation from vehicle traffic, and pedestrian network connectivity can significantly contribute to walking environment attractiveness.
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Publication Date
August, 2012
Citation Information
Arlie Adkins, Jennifer Dill, Gretchen Luhr and Margaret Neal. "Unpacking Walkability: Testing the Influence of Urban Design Features on Perceptions of Walking Environment Attractiveness" Journal of Urban Design Vol. 17 Iss. 4 (2012)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/jennifer_dill/32/