Enabling Participatory Walkability Mapping

Safe walking access for day to day activities like education, health, recreation and convenient shopping is an important aspect of urban planning. This study aims to analyse the walking habits of various citizens of selected electoral wards of Pune. We also try to understand the impacts of availability and condition of pedestrian infrastructure on walking habits of users. This study uses Quantified Cities Movement ecosystem to map and analyse the existing pedestrian infrastructure specially and temporally. QCM ecosystem follows participatory bottom up approach towards the neighbourhood planning. The study aims to create a methodology to analyse and document the current situation of footpaths, road crossings and other pedestrian friendly infrastructure to help the urban management functionaries.

The context and geographical extent of the present study will be defined by the typologies based on the population density and the building construction density, land use as well as timeline of city development. To understand the walking habits of the citizens, an online survey will be conducted at the city level along with the one to one survey of citizens in the selected neighbourhood. Quantified Cities Movement ecosystem will be used to map the existing pedestrian infrastructure like footpaths, walking tracks and pedestrian crossings. QCM ecosystem helps to map a near real-time ground situation spatially and temporally. Using this spatio-temporal information about existing pedestrian infrastructure and the walking habits of citizens, walkability index will be generated for the neighbourhood.