Prof. Ricardo Hurtubia

July 22, 2019, 11:00

Modelling the Perceived Walking Neighborhood

Understanding how individuals define their walking environment is key to measure the role played by the built environment in (dis)encouraging walking and other active transport modes. This presentation discusses how walkability has been traditionally studied in the scientific literature and proposes a model for the "Perceived Walking Neighborhood". The model is estimated over data from Santiago, Chile. Results show how socioeconomic characteristics and land use attributes influence the shape of the walking neighborhood, opening the possibility to estimate individual-specific accessibility curves. Further research in this subject, such as the inclusion of factors accounting for residential self-selection and spatial dependency, is proposed and discussed.