What is it about?

The article demonstrates how pedestrian flows in Melbourne can be estimated based on detailed land use and urban form data and how such a model can be used to forecast how future urban developments could impact pedestrian activity in the city. This can help cities prepare evidence-based policies to increase pedestrian mode share in urban mobility.

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Why is it important?

With the transportation sector remaining the largest contributor to CO2 emissions, it is critical to shift urban mobility from car-based travel to more sustainable alternatives, such as walking and public transit use. The research illustrates how built environments generate and impact demand for pedestrian mobility.


Using longitudinal pedestrian count data from automated infra-red sensors in Melbourne not only allowed us to produce and validate pedestrian impact forecasting models, but also to use average pedestrian counts (instead of the typical one day of counts from human counters) as dependent variables, resulting in a more reliable and robust model.

Andres Sevtsuk
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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This page is a summary of: We shape our buildings, but do they then shape us? A longitudinal analysis of pedestrian flows and development activity in Melbourne, PLoS ONE, September 2021, PLOS,
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0257534.
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