Neighbourhood environment and walking behaviour in high-density cities

Kevin Ka Lun Lau, Zheng Tan

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Abstract

Pedestrian environment is the key to walking in the neighbourhood. Complex settings in Hong Kong creates both opportunities and challenges to walkability in urban areas. Urban planning and neighbourhood design are important elements to support walking as a means of active transportation. It therefore requires better understanding of the relationship between walking behaviour and the built environment in order to improve the walkability in Hong Kong. The present study examined the effect of built environment on walking behaviour at both neighbourhood and district levels. Initial findings showed that the number of walk trips is associated with road density, land use mix and the level of PM2.5. At district level, walking behaviour, in terms of walking time and percentage of long walking trips, is associated with road density and land use mix respectively. It suggests that neighbourhood characteristics are influential to walking behaviour and the design of neighbourhood environment can potentially promote active transportation. Further studies will focus on including more factors related to walking environment and behaviour. Studies with finer spatial scales will also be important for the design of the street environment which promotes walking and healthier lifestyle in high-density cities.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPLEA 2018 - Smart and Healthy within the Two-Degree Limit
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 34th International Conference on Passive and Low Energy Architecture
EditorsEdward Ng, Square Fong, Chao Ren
PublisherInternational Forum on Urbanism (IFoU) in collaboration with the School of Architecture, the Chinese University of Hong Kong
Pages839-842
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9789628272365
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event34th International Conference on Passive and Low Energy Architecture: Smart and Healthy Within the Two-Degree Limit, PLEA 2018 - Hong Kong, China
Duration: 10 Dec 201812 Dec 2018

Publication series

NamePLEA 2018 - Smart and Healthy within the Two-Degree Limit: Proceedings of the 34th International Conference on Passive and Low Energy Architecture
Volume2

Conference

Conference34th International Conference on Passive and Low Energy Architecture: Smart and Healthy Within the Two-Degree Limit, PLEA 2018
Country/TerritoryChina
CityHong Kong
Period10/12/1812/12/18

Keywords

  • High-density cities
  • Land use mix
  • Neighbourhood environment
  • Road density
  • Walking behaviour

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment

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