Residents' perceptions of walkability attributes in objectively different neighbourhoods: A pilot study

Eva Leslie, Brian Saelens, Lawrence Frank, Neville Owen, Adrian Bauman, Neil Coffee, Graeme Hugo

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Abstract

Physical attributes of local environments may influence walking. We used a modified version of the Neighbourhood Environment Walkability Scale to compare residents' perceptions of the attributes of two neighbourhoods that differed on measures derived from Geographic Information System databases. Residents of the high-walkable neighbourhood rated relevant attributes of residential density, land-use mix (access and diversity) and street connectivity, consistently higher than did residents of the low-walkable neighbourhood. Traffic safety and safety from crime attributes did not differ. Perceived neighbourhood environment characteristics had moderate to high test-retest reliabilities. Neighbourhood environment attribute ratings may be used in population surveys and other studies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)227-236
Number of pages10
JournalHealth and Place
Volume11
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes

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Leslie, Eva ; Saelens, Brian ; Frank, Lawrence ; Owen, Neville ; Bauman, Adrian ; Coffee, Neil ; Hugo, Graeme. / Residents' perceptions of walkability attributes in objectively different neighbourhoods: A pilot study. In: Health and Place. 2005 ; Vol. 11, No. 3. pp. 227-236.
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In: Health and Place, Vol. 11, No. 3, 2005, p. 227-236.

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