Streetscape features related to pedestrian activity

Reid Ewing, Amir Hajrasouliha, Kathryn M Neckerman, Marnie Purciel-Hill, William Greene

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By measuring twenty streetscape features and numerous other variables for 588 blocks in New York City, we were able to identify variables that explain pedestrian traffic volumes. We found significant positive correlations between three out of twenty streetscape features with pedestrian counts after controlling for density and other built environmental variables. The significant streetscape features are the proportion of windows on the street, the proportion of active street frontage, and the number of pieces of street furniture. This study provides guidance for streetscape projects that aim to create walkable streets and pedestrian-friendly environments.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-15
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Planning Education and Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • pedestrian activity
  • streetscape features
  • urban design measures
  • walkability

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