Journal article

Evidence for urban design and public health policy and practice: Space syntax metrics and neighborhood walking

Gavin R McCormack, Mohammad Javad Koohsari, Liam Turley, Tomoki Nakaya, Ai Shibata, Kaori Ishii, Akitomo Yasunaga, Koichiro Oka

Health & Place | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2021

Abstract

Most walkability indices do not capture the topological structure of urban forms. Space syntax models these topological relationships. We estimated associations between the space syntax measure of street integration and walkability (SSW) and neighborhood-specific leisure (LW) and transportation (TW) walking among 4422 Canadian adults. Street integration and SSW were found to be positively associated with TW and LW participation in a usual week. A one-unit increase in SSW was associated with a 6-min increase in usual weekly minutes of TW. Street integration and SSW were also positively associated with TW participation in the last week. Higher street integration and walkability conceptualized ..

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Grants

Awarded by Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Foundations Scheme Grant


Awarded by Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan


Funding Acknowledgements

This study was supported by a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Foundations Scheme Grant (FDN-154331). KO is supported by the MEXT-Supported Program for the Strategic Research Foundation at Private Universities, 2015-2019 the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan (S1511017).