Journal article

Exploring the viability of walk-sharing in outdoor urban spaces

Debjit Bhowmick, Stephan Winter, Mark Stevenson, Peter Vortisch

COMPUTERS ENVIRONMENT AND URBAN SYSTEMS | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2021

Abstract

Pedestrians, while walking alone, feel unsafe and vulnerable in certain outdoor spaces at certain times of the day. This fear of victimisation often leads pedestrians to avail costlier alternatives, such as taking viable detours or abandoning walking altogether and switching to alternative forms of transport. This fear reduces the appeal of walking, the most basic transport mode, and one that is essential for preserving our physical and mental health. In this study, we introduce walk-sharing, a hypothetical buddy-service, which is aimed at encouraging people to choose walking when it is viable, and not pursue alternative modes. In walk-sharing, a potential pedestrian will get matched to anot..

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