Reasonable Walking Distance

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mccrone
Reasonable Walking Distance

Good afternoon,

Do you have any links to research or articles about the distance or amount of time people are willing to walk to a bus stop, grocery store, school, or park, as well as how long they are willing to drive to a supermarket? If you were building a transportation model to support city zoning decisions, what distances/times would you use for each of the above trip categories? We are interested in exploring what those distances/times would be for 90% (or most), 50% and approximately 10% of the population. In other words, how far is 90%, 50% and 10% of the population willing to walk for these trips. Is there a standard you are using and why? Are there other recommendations, in addition to the widely used quarter-mile distance?

Thanks,

Sasha Tepedelenova McCrone,
Senior Transportation Planner
Plan Development and Implementation
City of Oklahoma City Planning Department
(405) 297-1634

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louismerlin

Hi Ms. McCrone,

 Yes, I recently published a paper on this precise topic. I am attaching a preprint of the paper and providing a link to the full paper and a website with a summary of the results.

 Article link: https://doi.org/10.1080/01944363.2021.1877181

 Website link: http://science.fau.edu/departments/urban-regional-planning/people/merlin...

 

 Louis A. Merlin

Associate Professor

Florida Atlantic University

RobCase

Sasha,
Concerning walking to bus stops, in 2006 we surveyed non-drivers, finding that use of bus was fairly consistent up to 1.0 mile distance to bus stop, and fell off dramatically above that level (see https://www.hrtpo.org/uploads/docs/Improving%20Mobility.pdf pg. 22).
Concerning walking in general, we processed 2001 NHTS data to reveal walking trip frequency by distance (see same document, pg. 19).
Rob

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Subject: [TMIP] Reasonable Walking Distance

Good afternoon,

Do you have any links to research or articles about the distance or amount of time people are willing to walk to a bus stop, grocery store, school, or park, as well as how long they are willing to drive to a supermarket? If you were building a transportation model to support city zoning decisions, what distances/times would you use for each of the above trip categories? We are interested in exploring what those distances/times would be for 90% (or most), 50% and approximately 10% of the population. In other words, how far is 90%, 50% and 10% of the population willing to walk for these trips. Is there a standard you are using and why? Are there other recommendations, in addition to the widely used quarter-mile distance?

Thanks,

Sasha Tepedelenova McCrone,
Senior Transportation Planner
Plan Development and Implementation
City of Oklahoma City Planning Department
(405) 297-1634

CONFIDENTIALITY NOTE: This e-mail message and any attachments are intended solely for the person to which it is addressed and may contain privileged and confidential information protected by law. If you have received this communication in error, please notify the sender immediately by telephone or e-mail, destroy this message and delete any copies held in your electronic files. Unauthorized use and/or re-disclosure may subject you to penalties under applicable state and federal laws.
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