Walkability, complete streets, and gender: Who benefits most?

Wyatt A. Jensen, Tammy K. Stump, Barbara B. Brown*, Carol M. Werner, Ken R. Smith

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Abstract

Does street walkability and a new complete street renovation relate to street use and gender composition? We audited two mixed-walkability complete streets (“complete less-urban” and “complete-urban”), one low-walkable street, and one high-walkable street at pre-renovation and twice post-renovation. Complete street users increased, especially for the complete-less urban street. Typically, the high-walkable street attracted the most and the low-walkable street attracted the fewest total people, males, and females; complete streets were in between. On blocks with people, females were only 29% of users; females were much less common on low- walkable streets. Street improvements might enhance gender equity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)80-89
Number of pages10
JournalHealth and Place
Volume48
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2017

Keywords

  • Active travel
  • Built environment
  • Pedestrian
  • Sidewalk
  • Walking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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