Walkable route perceptions and physical features: converging evidence for en-route walking experiences

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Publication Type Manuscript
School or College College of Social & Behavioral Science
Department Family & Consumer Studies
Creator Brown, Barbara B.; Werner, Carol M.
Other Author Amburgey, Jonathan W.; Szalay, Caitlin
Title Walkable route perceptions and physical features: converging evidence for en-route walking experiences
Date 2007-01-01
Description Guided walks near a light rail stop in downtown Salt Lake City, UT, were examined using a 2 (gender) x 3 (route walkability: low, mixed, or high walkability features) design. Trained raters confirmed that more walkable segments had more traffic, environmental and social safety; pleasing aesthetics; natural features; pedestrian amenities; and land use diversity (using the Irvine-Minnesota physical environment audit) and a superior social milieu rating. According to tape recorded open-ended descriptions, university student participants experienced walkable route segments as noticeably safer, with a more positive social environment, fewer social and physical incivilities, and more attractive natural and built environment features. According to closed-ended scales, walkable route segments had more pleasant social and/or environmental atmosphere and better traffic safety. Few gender differences were found. Results highlight the importance of understanding subjective experiences of walkability and suggest that these experiences should be an additional focus of urban design.
Type Text
Publisher Sage Publications
Journal Title Environment and Behavior
Volume 39
Issue 1
First Page 34
Last Page 61
DOI 10.1177/0013916506295569
citatation_issn 0013-9165
Subject Guided walks; Walkability; Environmental aesthetics; Urban environment; Incivilities; Salt Lake City
Subject LCSH Walking; Urban ecology (Sociology)
Language eng
Bibliographic Citation Brown, B. B., Werner, C. M., Amburgey, J. W., & Szalay, C. (2007). Walkable route perceptions and physical features: converging evidence for en-route walking experiences. Environment and Behavior, 39(1), 1-40.
Rights Management (c) Sage Publications http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0013916506295569
Format Medium application/pdf
Format Extent 610,745 bytes
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Date Created 2012-06-13
Date Modified 2021-05-06
ID 702569
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6df7888
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