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Getting the Inside Track on Street Design


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Pedestrians.

Researchers used anonymous phone data from London, Amsterdam, and Stockholm to measure the influence of building density and street design on pedestrian behavior.

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Researchers at Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) and Sweden’s Chalmers University of Technology used anonymous phone data to measure the influence of building density and street design on pedestrian behavior in London, Amsterdam, and Stockholm.

Previous research determined that built density and street type correlated with pedestrian flow intensity and flow variations.

KAUST's David Bolin said, "We took advantage of the power of large-scale data collection to determine if these same variables [density and street type] could explain both the full-day counts in different streets and the variations in flow over the day.”

The researchers found built density, street type, and attraction variables like local markets affected total pedestrian counts; built density, unlike street type, explained shifts in flow throughout the day, and the model forecast pedestrian flow for some areas of the cities better than others.

From KAUST Discovery (Saudi Arabia)
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