Thursday, May 7, 2009

Walkability Map

I emailed Andrew Devlin this morning and he kindly provided me with the walkability map and comments that he used in his presentation last night.
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"Note that each dot on the map corresponds to a postal code in the region. We base our measure of walkability around four built environment characteristics known to relate with walking: net residential density, commercial density, land use mix, street pattern. We measure these characteristics within a 1-km street buffer radiating from each postal code.

As you would expect, the more walkable places in the region are characterized as being more compact, having a diverse and functional mix of land uses close by, and more of a gridded street pattern. Least walkable areas are less compact, single use neighbourhoods with an irregular street pattern that makes walking unattractive..."

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