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The Land Use and Individual Correlates of Pedestrian Commuting: Who Walks to Their Work or Place of Study in the Large Cities of the MENA Region?

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Center for Technology and Society, Technische Universität Berlin, Kaiserin-Augusta-Allee 104, 10553 Berlin, Germany
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Department of Transport and Supply Chain Management, College of Business and Economics, Kingsway Campus, University of Johannesburg, Cnr Kingsway and University Road Auckland Park, Johannesburg 2006, South Africa
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Department of Transport Systems, Faculty of Transport and Aviation Engineering, Traffic Engineering and Logistics, Silesian University of Technology, Akademicka Str. 2A, 44-100 Gliwice, Poland
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Academic Editors: Luigi Dell’Olio and Armando Cartenì
Sustainability 2022, 14(10), 6377; https://doi.org/10.3390/su14106377
Received: 2 February 2022 / Revised: 18 May 2022 / Accepted: 19 May 2022 / Published: 23 May 2022
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Urban Mobility and Active Transport Transition)
The body of research on the determinants of pedestrian commuting and the characteristics of on-foot commuters at the international level and especially in the Global South is inconsistent; hence, this study focuses on this topic with the case of megacities in the Middle East and North Africa. The study is based on 8284 face-to-face interviews with respondents in the three cities, 4543 of whom worked, and of those 4543, 658 individuals walked to their work or place of study. By using binary logistic regression, the determinants of walking to work were identified. Age, household car ownership, last relocation time, intersection density, number of accessed facilities from home, average walking accessibility to neighborhood amenities, and commuting distance are the significant determinants of on-foot commuting. The study identifies younger commuters with fewer cars or no driving license living in neighborhoods with connected street networks as the walkers. The results of the Mann–Whitney U Test show that there is a significant difference between the values of these determinants for walking commuters and those who commute by other modes. Based on these findings, this paper encourages urban planners and decision-makers of the MENA region to use urban land use, including street networks and access to local facilities, to motivate commuters to commute on foot, especially those who work within a walkable distance to their work or place of study. View Full-Text
Keywords: urban transportation planning; travel behavior; land use; commute mode choice; walking; MENA region urban transportation planning; travel behavior; land use; commute mode choice; walking; MENA region
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Masoumi, H.; Sierpiński, G. The Land Use and Individual Correlates of Pedestrian Commuting: Who Walks to Their Work or Place of Study in the Large Cities of the MENA Region? Sustainability 2022, 14, 6377. https://doi.org/10.3390/su14106377

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Masoumi H, Sierpiński G. The Land Use and Individual Correlates of Pedestrian Commuting: Who Walks to Their Work or Place of Study in the Large Cities of the MENA Region? Sustainability. 2022; 14(10):6377. https://doi.org/10.3390/su14106377

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Masoumi, Houshmand, and Grzegorz Sierpiński. 2022. "The Land Use and Individual Correlates of Pedestrian Commuting: Who Walks to Their Work or Place of Study in the Large Cities of the MENA Region?" Sustainability 14, no. 10: 6377. https://doi.org/10.3390/su14106377

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