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Walking Access to Public Transportation Stops for City Residents. A Comparison of Methods

Institute of Socio-Economic Geography and Spatial Management, University of Szczecin, Mickiewicza 18 Street, 70–383 Szczecin, Poland
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Sustainability 2019, 11(14), 3758; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11143758
Received: 14 May 2019 / Revised: 3 July 2019 / Accepted: 5 July 2019 / Published: 10 July 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Accessibility and Transportation Equity)
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Abstract

Public transportation in cities is crucial for their sustainable development. The attractiveness of public transport for city residents depends largely on whether they are able to access the nearest stop on foot. The actual time of walking to the nearest stop and the distance covered can be measured using the band method or the circular buffer method. The accuracy of the two methods was compared for the city of Szczecin and one of its residential areas, Pomorzany (ca. 20,000 inhabitants, ca. 7 km2 area). The city provides public tram and bus transportation and has 90 km of streets and pedestrian paths. As shown by the results, the band method proved more accurate in measuring public transport stop accessibility. It showed 53.8% of the stops to be highly accessible, whereas 37.8%, 7.8%, and 0.5% were classified as moderately accessible, poorly accessible, and inaccessible, respectively; the latter would be hardly expected to be used by pedestrians in the Pomorzany neighborhood. The band method allowed also to indicate potential location of a new bus stop which would significantly improve accessibility of public transportation to residents of a housing estate (3000 inhabitants) in the area. View Full-Text
Keywords: walking access; accessibility; public transport; Szczecin walking access; accessibility; public transport; Szczecin
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Kaszczyszyn, P.; Sypion-Dutkowska, N. Walking Access to Public Transportation Stops for City Residents. A Comparison of Methods. Sustainability 2019, 11, 3758.

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