Essay about The Accessibility Of An Urban Environment

2151 Words Sep 12th, 2014 9 Pages
When reviewing the accessibility of an urban environment, walkability can be utilised as a tool to provide an adequate measurement. Walkability is therefore a series of visual and psychological characteristics that (ewing) helps to encourage walking behaviours within urban environments. (litman)Brawshar and litman have described in their research in the national foundation of Australia four overarching characteristics, these area Pedestrian facilities, Destinations and connectivity, safety and the Aesthetic feel of urban environments.

The first of the Walkability characteristics is Pedestrian facilities and can be defined by the psychical characteristics that the streets and footpaths have. Litman expands by saying that the orientation of city’s should be for the pedestrian rather than for those with vehicles, this can be done by making sure footpaths are useable by all forms of people, for example litman described "urban Furniture" which is anything from the chairs of a cafe to Parking metre or a tree. This is therefore a key issue when assessing pedestrian facilities as it is a very frequently seen feature within foot paths and therefore while holding an important place it must not prevent people from walking side by side.

The second key characteristic under the umbrella concept of Walkability is "multimodal Connections". This area explains that urban environments must provide modes of transport for more than those who have vehicles, this can ultimately be done by…

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