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Improving Pedestrian Accessibility and Quality of Life

Tight, MR, Kelly, CE, Hodgson, FC and Page, M (2004) Improving Pedestrian Accessibility and Quality of Life. In: UNSPECIFIED 10th World Conference on Transport Research, 4-8 July 2004, Istanbul, Turkey. .

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In the UK walking has been in decline for many years, but is still an important mode accounting for around 25% of all trips in 2002 (DfT, 2003). Walking has perhaps been partly overlooked by those responsible for urban areas because of its very ubiquity and the fact that it is seen as a benign mode of transport. By its very nature walking is something which virtually everyone does and which is self evidently an important mode, but which causes few problems to others and is relatively inexpensive to cater for. These advantages can sometimes lead to walking being overlooked as the more “obvious” modes, in terms of impacts and person kilometres travelled, are catered for. Hillman and Whalley (1979), concluded that: “in both transport policy and practice, it [walking] has been overlooked or, at the least, has been inadequately recognised.” However, even after this report, there was little explicit National Government recognition that walking required consideration beyond simply providing facilities. The dominant consideration was safety, which led to a segregationist design philosophy. As the pedestrian was usually seen as the less important road user, this often meant that pedestrian convenience was sacrificed in order to remove the vulnerable pedestrian from the danger. The most extreme form of this approach was pedestrian subways and footbridges, but this philosophy also underlies the use of guardrails, pelican and other light controlled crossings. This paper contains firstly an overview of the main pedestrian problems and the factors that influence both the decision to walk and routes taken derived from literature search. The second part of the paper examines results from a series of studies looking at methods for valuing different aspects of the pedestrian environment.

Item Type: Proceedings Paper
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: This is an author produced version of a paper given at the 10th World Conference on Transport Research 2004, and has been uploaded with their permission. Please visit their website at: http://www.uctc.net/wctrs/.
Keywords: accessibility; pedestrian
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Environment (Leeds) > Institute for Transport Studies (Leeds) > ITS: Sustainable Transport Policy (Leeds)
The University of Leeds > Faculty of Medicine and Health (Leeds) > School of Medicine (Leeds) > Leeds Institute of Health Sciences (Leeds) > Academic Unit of Health Economics (Leeds)
Depositing User: Adrian May
Date Deposited: 18 May 2007
Last Modified: 29 Jul 2015 17:13
Published Version: http://www.uctc.net/wctrs/.
Status: Published
Refereed: No
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URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/2506

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