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Transport walking in urban neighbourhoods-Impact of perceived neighbourhood qualities and emotional relationship

Ferreira, Ines LU ; Johansson, Maria LU ; Sternudd, Catharina LU and Fornara, Ferdinando (2016) In Landscape and Urban Planning 150. p.60-69
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This paper adds to the relatively few European studies on the pedestrian friendliness of urban areas, and on transport walking. Using the Human Environment Interaction (HEI) model (Küller, 1991), the study explores the associations between perceived neighbourhood spatialphysical and social environment qualities and walking to neighbourhood destinations, and examines whether these associations are mediated by the emotional relationship to the residential neighbourhood. One hundred and ten urban residents in the city of Malmö, Sweden, completed a web-based survey, including measurements of walking intentions and behaviours, and the short version of both the Perceived Residential Environment Quality Indicators (PREQIs) and the... (More)

This paper adds to the relatively few European studies on the pedestrian friendliness of urban areas, and on transport walking. Using the Human Environment Interaction (HEI) model (Küller, 1991), the study explores the associations between perceived neighbourhood spatialphysical and social environment qualities and walking to neighbourhood destinations, and examines whether these associations are mediated by the emotional relationship to the residential neighbourhood. One hundred and ten urban residents in the city of Malmö, Sweden, completed a web-based survey, including measurements of walking intentions and behaviours, and the short version of both the Perceived Residential Environment Quality Indicators (PREQIs) and the Neighbourhood Attachment Scale (NAS). Structural Equation Modeling revealed direct effects of individual factors and neighbourhood spatial-physical and social environmental qualities on transport walking. The effect of environmental qualities was partly mediated by participants' emotional relationship to the residential neighbourhood. Spatial-physical as well as social-relational features of the neighbourhood seem to play a role in walking intentions and behaviours, thereby emphasising the importance of considering both aspects in measures to support urban pedestrian friendliness.

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Affective dimensions, Attachment, Human perception, Neighbourhood qualities, Walking
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10.1016/j.landurbplan.2016.02.009
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  author       = {Ferreira, Ines and Johansson, Maria and Sternudd, Catharina and Fornara, Ferdinando},
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  keyword      = {Affective dimensions,Attachment,Human perception,Neighbourhood qualities,Walking},
  language     = {eng},
  month        = {06},
  pages        = {60--69},
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  series       = {Landscape and Urban Planning},
  title        = {Transport walking in urban neighbourhoods-Impact of perceived neighbourhood qualities and emotional relationship},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.landurbplan.2016.02.009},
  volume       = {150},
  year         = {2016},
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