Street network measures and adults' walking for transport: Application of space syntax

Koohsari, Mohammad Javad, Sugiyama, Takemi, Mavoa, Suzanne, Villanueva, Karen, Badland, Hannah, Giles-Corti, Billie and Owen, Neville (2016) Street network measures and adults' walking for transport: Application of space syntax. Health and Place, 38 89-95. doi:10.1016/j.healthplace.2015.12.009

Author Koohsari, Mohammad Javad
Sugiyama, Takemi
Mavoa, Suzanne
Villanueva, Karen
Badland, Hannah
Giles-Corti, Billie
Owen, Neville
Title Street network measures and adults' walking for transport: Application of space syntax
Journal name Health and Place   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1873-2054
Publication date 2016-03-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.healthplace.2015.12.009
Volume 38
Start page 89
End page 95
Total pages 7
Place of publication Kidlington, Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon Press
Language eng
Formatted abstract
The street network underpins the walkability of local neighborhoods. We examined whether two street network measures (intersection density and street integration from space syntax) were independently associated with walking for transport (WT); and, to what extent the relationship of street integration with WT may be explained by the presence of destinations. In 2003–2004, adults living in Adelaide, Australia (n=2544) reported their past-week WT frequency and perceived distances to 16 destination types. Marginal models via generalized estimating equations tested mediation effects. Both intersection density and street integration were significantly associated with WT, after adjusting for each other. Perceived destination availability explained 42% of the association of street integration with WT; this may be because of an association between street integration and local destination availability – an important element of neighborhood walkability. The use of space syntax concepts and methods has the potential to provide novel insights into built-environment influences on walking.
Keyword Active living
Built environment
Physical activity
Urban design
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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