Old neighbourhoods showcasing new urbanist principles to promote walking for transport

Grant, Paula (2013) Old neighbourhoods showcasing new urbanist principles to promote walking for transport. In: 49th World Congress of the International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP 2013): Frontiers of Planning: Evolving and Declining Models of City Planning Practice, 1-4 Oct 2013, Brisbane, Queensland .

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The built environment shapes our transport choices and has a significant impact on the environmental, economic and social wellness of communities. Compact land use patterns, as opposed to urban sprawl, can improve public health by providing the environment to make walking a feasible mode of transport. Toowoomba’s traditional inner city suburbs have the built form characteristics of compactness, connectivity, density, lot layout and mix of uses to be walkable. Using existing literature, geographic information systems, data, survey results and a walkability scoring tool, this paper will show that although being walkable and exhibiting New Urbanism characteristics very few people walk to work in Toowoomba's urban centre for a variety of reasons. This paper will argue that personal value propositions and attitudes are as influential for walking for transport as physical urban environments.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: COnference website is at http://www.isocarp.org/index.php?id=1324. Author retains copyright.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
Date Deposited: 02 Mar 2014 05:12
Last Modified: 16 Sep 2014 00:59
Uncontrolled Keywords: walkability, new urbanism, public health, built environment, psycho-social barriers, East Toowoomba
Fields of Research : 12 Built Environment and Design > 1205 Urban and Regional Planning > 120507 Urban Analysis and Development
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 87 Construction > 8701 Construction Planning > 870105 Urban Planning
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/24527

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