Effect of Physical and Perceptual Quality on Walkability and Walkers' Satisfaction: Case Study of Ataturk Boulevard in Ankara


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Tekel A., Ozalp Y.

PLANLAMA-PLANNING, vol.26, no.1, pp.40-50, 2016 (Journal Indexed in ESCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 26 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.5505/planlama.2016.53825
  • Title of Journal : PLANLAMA-PLANNING
  • Page Numbers: pp.40-50
  • Keywords: Ataturk Boulevard, space perception, walkability, WALKING

Abstract

Walkability is defined as when the built environment providesa safe and comfortable means for pedestrians to reach certain points as well as a visually attractive walk. The literature discuses various qualities that make an area walkable, and underlines that physical and perceptual quality significantly affect walkability. Described in the present study is an investigation of the relationship between the physical and perceptual quality of Ataturk Boulevard in Ankara and the satisfaction of those walking there. The results of both surveys were compared. The study's conclusion is that there is a linear relationship between the physical and perceptual quality of an area and the satisfaction of those walking there. The pleasure felt through walking is increased when the physical and the perceptive quality of the space is higher. The result of the study made on Ataturk Boulevard present that the comfort and the security of a space and the perceptive quality of a space affect the pleasure of walking.