Evaluation of walkability among METU students via traditional survey versus route-based data

Middle East Technical University (METU) Campus includes a large-capacity pedestrian alley among the academic units that encourage walking strongly. However, the expansion of the campus built environment has started to threaten this aspect, which needs the evaluation of walkability and walking behavior on current campus layout. As a continuation of the previous efforts on understanding pedestrian flows and pedestrian level of service (PLOS) on METU Campus, a new survey was conducted which had a section dedicated on the evaluation of walkway infrastructure/environment sufficiency and importance of the selected improvements via traditional questions. Additionally, a map-based collection of stated walking routes enabled the analysis of walking behavior of 623 students over 1844 routes. Besides the descriptive statistics performed by the responses to the traditional evaluation questions, the route-based data resulted in enriched analyses, proving the power of the latter in evaluating walkability, which has a spatial variation by nature.
Transportation Research Board 96th Annual Meeting, (8 - 12 Ocak 2017)


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Citation Formats
H. Tüydeş Yaman, Z. P. Tagmat, and G. Dalkıç, “Evaluation of walkability among METU students via traditional survey versus route-based data,” presented at the Transportation Research Board 96th Annual Meeting, (8 - 12 Ocak 2017), Washington, Kiribati, 2017, Accessed: 00, 2021. [Online]. Available: https://trid.trb.org/view/1439044.