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Urban Sci., Volume 2, Issue 2 (June 2018)
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Cover Story (view full-size image) The concept of walkability has become a significant focus for many in pursuit of improving the [...] Read more. The concept of walkability has become a significant focus for many in pursuit of improving the quality of life for citizens in urban areas. Yet the reality and car-centric nature of transport cultures in Galway makes walking decidedly unattractive and impractical for many. In Figure 12, Raleigh Row is in close proximity to one of the city’s largest primary schools and parking on the footpaths is one of the area’s most common and persistent problems. While urban planning and the built environment are significant elements in terms of promoting and supporting walking, other social and environmental dimensions are also crucial, such as the concern we have about the real environmental impacts of our current transportation systems and the dominance of traffic parking in and around public spaces. View this paper