Mapping Street Walkability and Accessibility
A map made by walking, a research made by blogging.
In my masters dissertation I attempted to analyze the street accessibility and walkability of Zuera (Zaragoza, Spain). In this regard, a group of eight physical variables (Slope, Traffic load, On-street park acreage, Sidewalk quality and width, Pedestrian comfort amenities, Disabled accessibility structures, Physical barriers) were gauged by walking, and afterwards they were combined in order to generate a set of accessibility and walkability indexes: Walking Space Index (WSI), Street Quality Index (SQI) and Walkability Index (WI), for pedestrians; and Disabled Accessibility Index (DAI) and Disabled Walkability Index (DWI), for people with impairments.
The results were presented in several maps using GIS and image editing software. The final map-drawings pointed potential areas which lacked of street accessibility and walkability. Therefore, these cartographic representations showed the challenges and opportunities in which the inhabitants of Zuera could focus in order to enhance the walking conditions of their town, thus improving the quality of life of the urban community.