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Towards a multiple-scenario approach for walkability assessment: An empirical application in Shenzhen, China

Towards a multiple-scenario approach for walkability assessment: An empirical application in Shenzhen, China

Chan, Tak Hin ORCID: 0000-0001-9611-0949, Schwanen, Tim and Banister, David (2021) Towards a multiple-scenario approach for walkability assessment: An empirical application in Shenzhen, China. Sustainable Cities and Society, 71:102949. ISSN 2210-6707 (doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scs.2021.102949)

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Abstract

In this paper, we propose to use a relational lens to understand walkability by acknowledging that what constitutes a walkable environment may vary considerably between pedestrians who have different needs, capacities, and purposes. A multiple-scenario approach is developed for assessing walkability, which recognises that in valuation, major components in walkability assessment may not always compensate each other. The analysis accommodates the idea that some components may be so important to certain people or in particular situations that they act as hard and non-negotiable constraints on valuation. Other components, however, are negotiable and lower scores can be compensated by, and traded against, higher scores on others. The procedures for applying the multiple-scenario approach to a rapidly developing city in China are presented, using environmental audit and reliability tests with data collected from four neighbourhoods of Shenzhen. The proposed approach offers an innovative way to account for different situations of assessing walkability, and challenges the traditional assumption of walkability by creating multiple scenarios that cater for the specific needs and preferences of pedestrians.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: neighbourhood walkability; multiple-scenario approach; street-level built environment; heterogeneity; Shenzhen
Subjects: T Technology > TE Highway engineering. Roads and pavements
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Faculty of Business > Department of Systems Management & Strategy
Faculty of Business > Networks and Urban Systems Centre (NUSC) > Connected Cities Research Group
Last Modified: 02 Sep 2021 14:24
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
Selected for REF2021: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/32291

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