Authors: Beverly Renard*, Florida State University
Topics: Geography and Urban Health, Urban and Regional Planning
Keywords: walkability, Florida, US National Grid, USNG
Session Type: Paper
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: Truman, Marriott, Mezzanine Level
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What is walkability? It depends upon whom you ask! Walkability can be defined as the extent that an environment supports a human’s ability and desire to engage in walking. The reasons to walk are identified as leisure, exercise, or recreation; to access services; or to travel to work. The Florida Department of Health (FDOH), Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention, has commissioned a statewide report to examine, analyze, and evaluate walkability measures in current academic literature, assess the data available, develop a suitable walkability metric for Florida using the 1km US National Grid, and design online maps to visualize Florida’s walkability using this devised formula. A broader wish for the FDOH is that the results of this study are useful to local planners for designing more walkable communities with the long-term goal of increasing physical activity. The final walkability results are visualized through an online map available to the general public (http://hermes.freac.fsu.edu/che/walk). This presentation introduces the map and discusses theories of walkability from various perspectives (transportation, public health, and urban planning); evaluates current formulae and data; and explains the methodology behind using this data in the context of the USNG.