A visual analytics approach for assessing pedestrian friendliness of urban environments

Tobias Schreck*, Itzhak Omer, Peter Bak, Yoav Lerman

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The availability of efficient transportation facilities is vital to the function and development of modern cities. Promoting walking is crucial for supporting livable communities and cities. Assessing the quality of pedestrian facilities and constructing appropriate pedestrian walking facilities are important tasks in public city planning. Additionally, walking facilities in a community affect commercial activities including private investment decisions such as those of retailers. However, analyzing what we call pedestrian friendliness in an urban environment involves multiple data perspectives, such as street networks, land use, and other multivariate observation measurements, and consequently poses significant challenges. In this study, we investigate the effect of urban environment properties on pedestrian movement in different locations in the metropolitan region of Tel Aviv. The first urban area we investigated was the inner city of the Tel Aviv metropolitan region, one of the central regions in Tel Aviv, a city that serves many non-local residents. For simplicity, we refer to this area as Tel Aviv. We also investigated Bat Yam, a small city, whose residents use many of the services of Tel Aviv. We apply an improved tool for visual analysis of the correlation between multiple independent and one dependent variable in geographical context. We use the tool to investigate the effect of functional and topological properties on the volume of pedestrian movement. The results of our study indicate that these two.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGeographic Information Science at the Heart of Europe
EditorsBenedicte Bucher, Danny Vandenbroucke, Joep Crompvoets
PublisherKluwer Academic Publishers
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9783319006147
StatePublished - 2013
Event16th AGILE Conference on Geographic Information Science - Leuven, Belgium
Duration: 14 May 201317 May 2013

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography
ISSN (Print)1863-2351


Conference16th AGILE Conference on Geographic Information Science


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