Next Article in Journal
Sustainability and Innovation in the Automotive Sector: A Structured Content Analysis
Next Article in Special Issue
Identifying Clusters of Complex Urban–Rural Issues as Part of Policy Making Process Using a Network Analysis Approach: A Case Study in Bahía de Los Ángeles, Mexico
Previous Article in Journal
Energetic Sustainability and the Environment: A Transdisciplinary, Economic–Ecological Approach
Previous Article in Special Issue
Climate Variability and Industrial-Suburban Heat Environment in a Mediterranean Area
Article Menu
Issue 6 (June) cover image

Export Article

Open AccessArticle
Sustainability 2017, 9(6), 883; doi:10.3390/su9060883

Walkability and Street Intersections in Rural-Urban Fringes: A Decision Aiding Evaluation Procedure

Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering and Architecture, University of Cagliari, Cagliari 09100, Italy
Department of Architecture, Design and Urban Planning, University of Sassari, Sassari 07100, Italy
LAMSADE–CNRS, Université Paris Dauphine, PSL Research University, Paris 75775, France
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Academic Editors: Beniamino Murgante and Federico Martellozzo
Received: 16 March 2017 / Revised: 16 May 2017 / Accepted: 17 May 2017 / Published: 23 May 2017
View Full-Text   |   Download PDF [4346 KB, uploaded 30 May 2017]   |  


We propose a decision-aiding evaluation procedure (i) for classifying road crossings based on their impact on walkability and, subsequently, (ii) for prioritising street improvements, in urban-rural fringe areas. In the peripheral urban-rural fringes, pedestrian mobility is usually less developed and people generally depend more on cars for their everyday chores. Partly this is inevitable given the structural features and supply of services and activities in such areas, but part is due to a frequent neglect of pedestrian mobility in planning and urban design. Measures to improve this state of affairs can include the design of more pedestrian-friendly environments offering to potential users a greater level of security, comfort and convenience when walking to their designated destinations. Our evaluation procedure combines a walkability assessment methodology with the ELECTRE TRI rating procedure, in order to assist planners and decision makers in designing physical streets to enhance the continuity, safety and quality of pedestrian paths. Improving the walking accessibility in the fringe areas of towns is a way to reduce the physical and perceptual distance which separates these contexts from the rest of the city, thus leading to a progressive integration of urban functions. View Full-Text
Keywords: rural-urban fringe; walkability; road intersections; decision support methods; ELECTRE TRI rural-urban fringe; walkability; road intersections; decision support methods; ELECTRE TRI

Figure 1

This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. (CC BY 4.0).

Scifeed alert for new publications

Never miss any articles matching your research from any publisher
  • Get alerts for new papers matching your research
  • Find out the new papers from selected authors
  • Updated daily for 49'000+ journals and 6000+ publishers
  • Define your Scifeed now

SciFeed Share & Cite This Article

MDPI and ACS Style

Blecic, I.; Canu, D.; Cecchini, A.; Congiu, T.; Fancello, G. Walkability and Street Intersections in Rural-Urban Fringes: A Decision Aiding Evaluation Procedure. Sustainability 2017, 9, 883.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats

Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Related Articles

Article Metrics

Article Access Statistics



[Return to top]
Sustainability EISSN 2071-1050 Published by MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland RSS E-Mail Table of Contents Alert
Back to Top