Visualizing the impact of Covid-19 vaccine passports on pedestrian access to metro stations in Hong Kong

Yingying Xu, Dawei Cheng, Ho Yin Chan, Anthony Chen

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Abstract

Pedestrian infrastructures in Hong Kong enable multilevel city life in a vertical metropolis plagued by land scarcity. Public spaces integrated into pedestrian networks play an indispensable role in neighbourhood accessibility. We visualize the impact of the Covid-19 vaccine passport (VP) restrictions on the use of public space on pedestrian accessibility to all 97 metro stations in Hong Kong. Pedestrians without a vaccine passport (PwoVP) need to walk significantly longer alternative routes. Specifically, VP-related access restrictions to indoor walkways have doubled the shortest travel time for PwoVP and a 50% reduction in accessibility of two-thirds of stations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)516-518
Number of pages3
JournalRegional Studies, Regional Science
Volume9
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2022

Keywords

  • 3D pedestrian network
  • Covid-19
  • Hong Kong
  • metro
  • pedestrian accessibility
  • vaccine passport

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Economics and Econometrics

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