Sidewalk sustainability through needs assessment of street users in Asian cities

Mateo-Babiano, Iderlina B. and Ieda, Hitoshi (2010). Sidewalk sustainability through needs assessment of street users in Asian cities. In: José Viegas, Proceedings of the 12th World Conference on Transport Research. 12th World Conference on Transport Research (WCTR 2010), Lisbon, Portugal, (1-19). 11-15 July 2010.

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Author Mateo-Babiano, Iderlina B.
Ieda, Hitoshi
Title of paper Sidewalk sustainability through needs assessment of street users in Asian cities
Conference name 12th World Conference on Transport Research (WCTR 2010)
Conference location Lisbon, Portugal
Conference dates 11-15 July 2010
Proceedings title Proceedings of the 12th World Conference on Transport Research
Place of Publication Lisbon, Portugal
Publisher World Conference on Transport Research Society
Publication Year 2010
Sub-type Fully published paper
Editor José Viegas
Start page 1
End page 19
Total pages 19
Language eng
Abstract/Summary The concept of sustaining street use has proved elusive, especially in an ever changing landscape that has for the past 60 years catered to private vehicle needs at the expense of other street users (i.e. pedestrians). Studies have however indicated that street user presence has helped decrease crime rates and increased overall city liveability. This research sheds light on the importance of a user-centred approach in the design and improvement of urban spaces, particularly sidewalks. To increase user loyalty, the paper examines the criteria of needs of street users, investigates various attributes that contribute to their need-satisfaction and, through the use of a decision making tool, Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP), empirically prioritise the needs and need-satisfier attributes of contemporary street users. Attributes which were initially derived from the evaluation of visual archival data will also be assessed for their relevance and applicability within the contemporary urban context. Survey investigations were carried out along the streets of Manila and Bangkok. A total of 250 respondents were gathered. The derived information would prove relevant in effectively and efficiently designing and improving sidewalks for people thereby achieving street space sustainability. The study was able to define street user needs, the need-hierarchy framework, attributes that define a positive street environment and provide an indicative policy recommendations to improve Asian street space with the end view of encouraging people to use urban spaces more, increasing their participation and, ultimately, eliciting their loyalty.
Keyword Street user behavior
Non-movement aspect of pedestriran
Street user need-hierarchy framework
Sidewalk design and management
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