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Walking across rural-urban fringe: the hindering effect of intersections

Version 1 : Received: 16 May 2017 / Approved: 16 May 2017 / Online: 16 May 2017 (13:50:46 CEST)

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Blecic, I.; Canu, D.; Cecchini, A.; Congiu, T.; Fancello, G. Walkability and Street Intersections in Rural-Urban Fringes: A Decision Aiding Evaluation Procedure. Sustainability 2017, 9, 883. Blecic, I.; Canu, D.; Cecchini, A.; Congiu, T.; Fancello, G. Walkability and Street Intersections in Rural-Urban Fringes: A Decision Aiding Evaluation Procedure. Sustainability 2017, 9, 883.

Journal reference: Sustainability 2017, 9, 883
DOI: 10.3390/su9060883

Abstract

The study investigates the influence of road intersections on pedestrian accessibility in urban-rural fringe areas. An evaluation method to support planners and decision makers in the classification of crossing areas according to their effect on walking and in the prioritization of improvement interventions is proposed. In these peripheral parts of towns, pedestrians are almost ignored and people depend on car use for any necessity. Initiatives to improve livability can include the design of walkable friendly environments aiming at offering potential users good levels of security, comfort and convenience when walking to destinations. These spatial requirements have to be provided along road segments and even more on crossing areas which represent sensitive points of the entire connection system with a hindering influence on people’s propensity to walk. Starting with spatial basic interventions aiming at enhancing the continuity, safety and quality of pedestrian paths it is possible to reduce the physical and perceptual distance which separates fringe contexts from the rest of the city leading to a progressive integration of urban functions.

Subject Areas

rural-urban fringe; walkability; road intersections; decision support methods; Electre Tri

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