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Application of Suitability Modeling in Establishing a New Bicycle–Pedestrian Path: The Case of the Abandoned Kanfanar–Rovinj Railway in Istria

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Independent Researcher, 52352 Kanfanar, Croatia
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Faculty of Agriculture, School of Landscape Architecture, University of Zagreb, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia
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Academic Editor: Cristina Herrero-Jáuregui
Land 2021, 10(6), 600; https://doi.org/10.3390/land10060600
Received: 30 April 2021 / Revised: 2 June 2021 / Accepted: 3 June 2021 / Published: 4 June 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Rural–Urban Gradients: Landscape and Nature Conservation)
This paper presents research on the conversion of the abandoned Kanfanar–Rovinj railway into a bicycle–pedestrian path, with the aim of including it in the existing network of bicycle–pedestrian paths in the Istria County in Croatia. This would enable better connection of the repurposed railway corridor with the surrounding natural and cultural values and better use of the spatial potential, which would create more favorable conditions for the revitalization of the wider rural environment. In order to identify the existing potential of the area, as well as the impact of the proposed intervention on critical areas, a method of multicriteria analysis was used. The result of the analysis was a model of the suitability of the space, i.e., five value categories that make the space more or less suitable for accommodating new pedestrian and bicycle paths. In order to emphasize the importance of individual spatial contents in the modeling process, the method of weighted linear combination was used. Finally, the nature of the project and its potential impact on the environment have conditioned the selection of the appropriate aspect of the model and of the space’s suitability, which is further used for locating the new pedestrian and bicycle paths. View Full-Text
Keywords: Kanfanar–Rovinj railway; spatial potential; suitability of space; multicriteria analysis; bicycle–pedestrian path; greenway Kanfanar–Rovinj railway; spatial potential; suitability of space; multicriteria analysis; bicycle–pedestrian path; greenway
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Modesto, A.; Kamenečki, M.; Tomić Reljić, D. Application of Suitability Modeling in Establishing a New Bicycle–Pedestrian Path: The Case of the Abandoned Kanfanar–Rovinj Railway in Istria. Land 2021, 10, 600. https://doi.org/10.3390/land10060600

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Modesto A, Kamenečki M, Tomić Reljić D. Application of Suitability Modeling in Establishing a New Bicycle–Pedestrian Path: The Case of the Abandoned Kanfanar–Rovinj Railway in Istria. Land. 2021; 10(6):600. https://doi.org/10.3390/land10060600

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Modesto, Ariana, Monika Kamenečki, and Dora Tomić Reljić. 2021. "Application of Suitability Modeling in Establishing a New Bicycle–Pedestrian Path: The Case of the Abandoned Kanfanar–Rovinj Railway in Istria" Land 10, no. 6: 600. https://doi.org/10.3390/land10060600

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