Understanding pedestrian movements in urban areas
People tend to walk more when they live in neighbourhoods that have a good network of sidewalks, and can easily figure out how to get where they want to go. Our research takes a spatial approach to studying walkability, using GPS data from smartphones.
We are working on:
Testing how the physical form of cities (e.g. street layout) has influenced where and how far people walk.
Assessing if the current scaling of civic administration is suitable for walkability planning.
In analyzing these data we collaborate with the HealthyHoods research group with members in the Faculties of Environmental Design, Kinesiology and the Cumming School of Medicine (University of Calgary). The goal is to analyze where people walk in Calgary, Alberta, and contribute to an understanding of the factors influencing active mobility. Walking has been associated with positive social, economic, behavioural and public health outcomes.
Aspects of this project have been funded by SSHRC (Insight Development) and NSERC (Engage).