Walkable City

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“A city where walking is difficult has no future: the people will be poor, obese, unmarried – and that threatens the survival of the city”

The GoodWalk Project Phase 2 is a continuation of the research project from Phase 1, which is based on a study of the knowledge and landscape of walking (i.e., walkable) cities. Although the city's ability to provide services on foot is a fundamental factor in analyzing the potential of a city that is pedestrian-friendly, urban planners also need to consider the external environment of the city which directly affects the behavior and culture of foot traffic.

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UddC found that the three basic principles that pedestrianism is that the walking environment must promote safety, convenience, and assets of the city.  Based on these criteria, UddC developed into a walking capacity index (Walkability Index) and used this to assess the environment of the study area in more than 34 districts, including more than 1,000 roads.

The Index therefore becomes an important tool to identify urban opportunities and obstacles in order to achieve the goals of designing an environment that promotes walking. This includes identifying investment targets and the development of urban infrastructure to meet the needs of pedestrians, and make the city suitable for different spatial contexts to accommodate the diversity of foot traffic in the city.

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PROJECT FACT

Project Name : A project to study the potential of access to public facilities/amenities that promote walking and the project to study the Walkability Index Phase 1
Client : Thai Health Promotion Foundation
Year : 2016
Status : Studies and Research
Program / Role : Research