Easiest paths for walking and cycling: Combining syntactic and geographic analyses in studying walking and cycling mobility

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Abstract

We discuss fundamentals of a new computational approach to configurative analysis and synthesis and present a number of advancements we have made in the direction of computational analysis of walking and cycling mobility. We have scrutinized the notion of distance and addressed it in correspondence with the notion of geodesic or optimum path. We present a new all-inclusive pathfinding algorithm for walking and cycling and show how this pathfinding algorithm can be used as a new basis for a number of conventional network indicators such as closeness and betweenness centrality measures-taking into account the physics of walking/cycling mobility as well as the cognitive aspect of human navigation. To this end, we revisit the meaning of distance and introduce a new notion of geodesic, which we call 'easiest path', i.e. a path that is reasonably short, flat and at the same time cognitively simple. Using this new geodesic, we reconstruct betweenness centrality indicator and introduce two new accessibility measures as 'proximity to any', 'vicinity of all' and a method of zoning as to walking and cycling accessibility. We show how suitability of locations as to their walking/cycling access can be modelled in a way that is immediately understandable for both citizens and urban designers/planners. Models are implemented as a toolkit, available as a freeware application.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 10th international space syntax symposium
EditorsK Karimi, L Vaughan, K Sailer, G Palaiologou, T Bolton
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherSpace Syntax Laboratory,The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL
Pages78:1-78:15
ISBN (Print)978-0-9933429-0-5
Publication statusPublished - 2015
EventSSS10: 10th international space syntax symposium, London, UK - London
Duration: 13 Jul 201517 Jul 2015

Publication series

Name
PublisherSpace Syntax Laboratory,The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL

Conference

ConferenceSSS10: 10th international space syntax symposium, London, UK
Period13/07/1517/07/15

Bibliographical note

Paper 78

Keywords

  • Accessibility
  • Easiest path
  • Spatial configuration
  • Street network
  • Walking and cycling

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