Walkability and Pedestrian Facilities in Asian Cities State and Issues

Date: February 2011
Type: Papers and Briefs
Series: Sustainable Development Working Papers
ISSN: 2071-9450 (print)
Price: Hardcopy price: $xx.00
Author: Leather, James


Asian cities, traditionally cities of walkers, are now experiencing exponential increase in motorization, which has limited the attention given to pedestrian and public transport facilities. A change in focus that will allow people, not vehicles, to reclaim the urban environment is required. The study provides information on the current pedestrian infrastructure in selected cities that can be used to develop and propose pedestrian-focused solutions for Asian cities. It includes results of field walkability surveys and pedestrian interviews, as well as an assessment of the current policies and institutions relating to pedestrians and walking environments in 13 Asian cities. It also recommends solutions involving various stakeholders who should play a role in developing policies and projects that are focused on improving the walkability of Asian cities. 


Tables, Figures, and Boxes
Acronyms and Abbreviations 
Executive Summary 
1. Introduction 
 1.1 Background of the Study 
 1.2 Objectives and Scope 
 1.3 Report Structure 
2. Walking in Asian Cities 
 2.1 Significant but Declining Pedestrian Mode Share 
 2.2 Inadequate Facilities for Public Transport and Pedestrians 
 2.3 Pedestrian Accidents and Fatalities 
 2.4 Air Pollution Exposure 
3. Assessing the Walkability of Cities 
4. Field Walkability and Pedestrian Ratings 
 4.1 Methodology 
 4.2 Results of the Field Walkability Surveys 
 4.3 Results of the Pedestrian Interview Surveys 
5. Policies, Institutions, and Guidelines 
 5.1 Government Policies, Strategies, and Plans 
 5.2 Pedestrian Facilities, Design Practices, and Guidelines
 5.3 Institutions and Resources 
6.  Walking Forward 
 6.1 Policies and Institutions for Improving Walkability 
 6.2 Assessing Walkability