Pedestrian's needs matters: examining Manila's walking environment

Mateo-Babiano, Iderlina (2016) Pedestrian's needs matters: examining Manila's walking environment. Transport Policy, 45 107-115. doi:10.1016/j.tranpol.2015.09.008

Author Mateo-Babiano, Iderlina
Title Pedestrian's needs matters: examining Manila's walking environment
Journal name Transport Policy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0967-070X
Publication date 2016-01-01
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.tranpol.2015.09.008
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 45
Start page 107
End page 115
Total pages 9
Place of publication Kidlington, Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon Press
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Developing cities report higher walk shares in comparison to their developed city counterpart. Also, they present a strikingly different set of challenges and opportunities in their pedestrian environments. The need to enhance our understanding of environmental attributes, which encourage pedestrians to participate (or not) in walking and walking-related activities, has prompted this pedestrian-scale face-to-face questionnaire survey on one developing city. This paper has three aims, namely: examine the pedestrian decision making process, apply the Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) to empirically define the hierarchy of pedestrian needs (criteria), and examine the relative priorities of environmental attributes (alternatives) that satisfy the pedestrian needs, with the end goal of realising a positive walking environment. A total of 70 respondents were collected via face-to-face questionnaire survey which was rolled out in the Quiapo District (Manila, Philippines). Results of this study demonstrated the feasibility of AHP in supporting an evidence-based approach to defining the pedestrian need hierarchy. Moreover, it established that the most important criteria is protection rather than mobility. Traditionally, the design of pedestrian facilities (e.g. sidewalks/pathways) was premised on the need to move. Moreover, based on the survey, the relative priority of the criteria in the order of most important to least important priority is: protection, ease, equitable access, mobility, identity and enjoyment. This comprises the pedestrian need-hierarchy, which served as the theoretical framework of this paper. This paper presents an alternative approach at quantifying qualitative criteria and attributes that served relevant to the pedestrian decision-making process. Moreover, this research sheds light on the importance of a user-centred needs-assessment approach to better understand pedestrian decision-making and behaviour.
Keyword Need-assessment
Non-movement behaviour
Managing pedestrian networks
Active transport
Global south
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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