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The transport infrastructure as a barrier to walking

Anciaes, PR; (2017) The transport infrastructure as a barrier to walking. Presented at: INTREPID: Barcelona Training School on Inter and Transdisciplinary Urban Research, Barcelona, Spain. Green open access

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Abstract

The promotion of the use of non-motorised modes (such as walking and cycling) is a crucial component of strategies to reduce climate change, as these modes have a minimal environmental impact. However, in most cities, large transport infrastructure such as railways and multi-lane roads act as a physical and psychological barrier to the movement of pedestrians and cyclists, a phenomenon known as “barrier effect” or “community severance”. In face of the barriers, people living close to the infrastructure may choose to use private transport rather than walking or cycling, with impacts on local environmental quality and on greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, the barrier effect may have negative impacts on the local economy and society. The Street Mobility project at University College London set out to understand the impact of busy roads on pedestrians, using an interdisciplinary approach involving researchers from a variety of backgrounds working together with local communities and other stakeholders. The project started with a 3-month phase consisting of activities for researchers to understand each other’s disciplines and their perspectives on the problem. The main stage of the research was an in-depth study of four case studies in cities in the United Kingdom. The findings from the different teams were triangulated to assess similarities and difference. Overall, the study found that busy roads reduce the levels of walking mobility and accessibility of residents in the surrounding areas and to some extent, also affect their health and wellbeing. A suite of tools is now being developed and will be made available to local authorities and local communities.

Type: Poster
Title: The transport infrastructure as a barrier to walking
Event: INTREPID: Barcelona Training School on Inter and Transdisciplinary Urban Research
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Dates: 13 February 2017-16 February 2017
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://www.intrepid-cost.eu/training-school-barcel...
Language: English
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Civil, Environ and Geomatic Eng
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1543209
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