Research continues on neighborhood walkability. Koohsari, Oka, Nakaya, and McCormack (study published in the Journal of Urban Health) conducted an extensive research project: “‘Our analyses revealed that street integration influenced walking undertaken as a means of transport. Importantly, it was the availability of destinations that strengthened this relationship. As far as leisure walking was concerned, there was no significant relationship between the distance covered and the degree of street integration,’ says Dr. Koohsari. These findings are interesting as they expand on previous insights into street connectivity and walking by relying on objective measurements of destinations and different types of walking behavior. . . . Dr. Koohsari . . . concludes, ‘Implementing the results of such analyses has two main benefits. First, designing well-connected street layouts that provide easy access to retail stores, educational institutions, and recreational facilities will encourage walking to these destinations. Second, strategically placing destinations along integrated street layouts can lead to more activity-friendly urban environments.’"
“Street Layout and Available Destinations Influence Urban Walking Behavior.” 2023. Press release, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, https://www.jaist.ac.jp/english/whatsnew/press/2023/09/01-1.html