New Walkability Research (05-21-21)

Koo and teammates researched how design can enhance walkability.  They share that “The built environment characteristics associated with walkability range from neighborhood-level urban form factors to street-level urban design factors. . . . . This paper uses computer vision to quantify street-level factors from street view images in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Correlation analysis shows that some streetscape factors are highly correlated with neighborhood-level factors. . . .  [additional analyses] indicate that the streetscape factors can significantly contribute to explaining walking mode choice and that streetscape factors can have a greater association with walking mode choice than neighborhood-level factors. A potential explanation for the result is that the image-based streetscape factors may perform as proxies for some macroscale factors while representing the pedestrian experience as seen from eye-level.”

Bon Woo Koo, Subhrajit Guhathakurta, and Nisha Botchway.  “How Are Neighborhood and Street-Level Walkability Factors Associated with Walking Behaviors?  A Big Data Approach Using Street View Images.”  Environment and Behavior, in press, https://doi.org/10.1177/00139165211014609