Evaluating how the Quality of Pedestrian Infrastructure Affects the Choice to Walk

Sidewalks are an important part of a multimodal transportation system. They enable walking in high traffic environments where walking in the street would be impractical or dangerous, and may encourage walking in other locations by providing a safer and more comfortable walking environment. While the benefits of walking are well understood, the physical design of sidewalks and their maintenance needs generally receive much less attention in both research and practice than the infrastructure used by other modes of transportation. As a result, we know comparatively little about how the design of sidewalks and quality of the overall pedestrian environment affect the decision to walk. As such, this research aims to understand the effect of sidewalk and related pedestrian environment quality on the likelihood that a person chooses to make a trip by walking. This question will be evaluated through both an observational analysis and one that asks individuals about their perceptions of sidewalk quality and its relation to their travel preferences. Both analysis methods will use data collected from a questionnaire sent to individual respondents in the Albuquerque, New Mexico metropolitan area.

    Language

    • English

    Project

    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $100000
    • Contract Numbers:

      18PPUNM02

    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

      Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office
      Department of Transportation
      Washington, DC  United States  20590

      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

      University Transportation Centers Program
      Department of Transportation
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Managing Organizations:

      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

      Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office
      Department of Transportation
      Washington, DC  United States  20590

      Transportation Consortium of South-Central States

      Louisiana State University
      Baton Rouge, LA  United States  70803
    • Project Managers:

      Bogus, Susan

    • Performing Organizations:

      University of New Mexico, Albuquerque

      Department of Civil Engineering
      Albuquerque, NM  United States  87131-0001
    • Principal Investigators:

      Rowangould, Gregory

    • Start Date: 20180315
    • Expected Completion Date: 20190915
    • Actual Completion Date: 0
    • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01664050
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Transportation Consortium of South-Central States
    • Contract Numbers: 18PPUNM02
    • Files: UTC, RiP
    • Created Date: Mar 19 2018 5:06PM