The impact of a new light rail network upon walkability in a central business district

Miller, Nadya (2014) The impact of a new light rail network upon walkability in a central business district. [USQ Project]

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Abstract

Traditionally, in Australia, development has occurred in a way that has encouraged car use rather than public or active transport. Recently, there has been an increasing
amount of research into walkability and how it can best be encouraged when designing neighbourhoods, in order to reduce those problems associated with car dependency such as urban sprawl and increased obesity rates. The recent
construction of a light rail system on the Gold Coast presents an opportunity to utilise and apply findings from existing research to existing pedestrian infrastructure,
walkability levels and connectivity to some important destinations from a new light rail station. Therefore, this research paper aims to determine to what degree the
walkability concepts have been considered during the design and construction of pathways from new light rail stations to important destinations, and to provide recommendations which will aid policy makers when designing the next stages of this network and future networks. The paper will have a specific focus on the factors that impact upon the attitudes and behaviours to walking.

The mixed methods research project revealed that the routes to the key facilities around the case study tram station were in fact very walkable and well connected, but
identified some important factors which inhibit walkability. Suggestions and recommendations are provided to enhance the desirability of walking in a central
business district. The key issue this research paper has identified is that the development of a light rail system and the upgrade to the walking facilities around it
will not automatically increase the number of people walking in an area, and that policy makers should consider many other factors during the planning, design and
implementation stages of new pedestrian networks.


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Item Type: USQ Project
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Bachelor of Spatial Science project.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
Supervisors: Grant, Paula; Basson, Marita
Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2015 05:05
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2016 06:46
Uncontrolled Keywords: walkability; light rail; connectivity; central business district; trams; Gold Coast; obesity; urban sprawl; car dependency; Australia; public transport
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0902 Automotive Engineering > 090205 Hybrid Vehicles and Powertrains
09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090505 Infrastructure Engineering and Asset Management
12 Built Environment and Design > 1205 Urban and Regional Planning > 120506 Transport Planning
09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090507 Transport Engineering
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/27256

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