Journal article

Using simple agent-based modeling to inform and enhance neighborhood walkability

Hannah Badland, Marcus White, Gus MacAulay, Serryn Eagleson, Suzanne Mavoa, Christopher Pettit, Billie Giles-Corti

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HEALTH GEOGRAPHICS | BMC | Published : 2013

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods with proximal destinations and services encourage walking and decrease car dependence, thereby contributing to more active and healthier communities. Proximity to key destinations and services is an important aspect of the urban design decision making process, particularly in areas adopting a transit-oriented development (TOD) approach to urban planning, whereby densification occurs within walking distance of transit nodes. Modeling destination access within neighborhoods has been limited to circular catchment buffers or more sophisticated network-buffers generated using geoprocessing routines within geographical information systems (GIS). Both c..

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