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Smart Pedestrian Net

Smart Pedestrian Net PROJECT

Smart Pedestrian Net

Smart Pedestrian Net – Smart Cities are walkable: SPN a model to plan a pedestrian network and pedestrian navigation system


Introduction

Cities are facing growing mobility challenges due to the strong dependence on cars. Motorised traffic is recognisably a major source of air and noise pollution in cities. In EU, urban mobility accounts for 40% of CO2 emissions and up to 70% of other pollutants. The sustainable mobility concept is focused in shifting this pattern towards non-motorised or more sustainable forms of mobility. Walking is a soft and active mode strictly related with sustainable mobility as it reduces traffic congestion and pollution and has positive impacts on health. SPN is a project focused on improving walkability in cities. SPN intends to provide a model to help European cities to improve walkability as one of the important dimensions of smart, sustainable and inclusive development.

 

Aim/objective

  • Assess the urban conditions provided to pedestrians considering a wide range of criteria
  • Define planning policies to improve walkability and street connectivity by involving stakeholders
  • Develop a pedestrian navigation system for defining routes

 

Approaches/methods

  • A GIS multi-criteria and space syntax analysis to assess the urban conditions and street connectivity
  • Multi-actor participatory approach with stakeholders, surveys and workshops
  • Real time data in the navigation system and website to publish findings

 

Expected results and impacts

  • Increased understanding of the walkability
  • Providing planning policies and management tools to help decision makers in improving walkability
  • Developing a mobile navigation system to help pedestrian in selecting routes according with their preferences

 

 

Unibo team leader:
Simona Tondelli

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