WALKABILITY ASSESMENT OF COMMERCIAL AREA IN SURABAYA CITY INDONESIA



WALKABILITY ASSESMENT OF COMMERCIAL AREA IN SURABAYA CITY INDONESIA

Authors

Natalia TANAN, Institute of Road Engineering, Ministry of Public Works, Edwin Hidayat, Institute of Road Engineering, Ministry of Public Works, Gede Budi SUPRAYOGA, Institute of Road Engineering, Ministry of Public Works

Description

This paper applied the concept in assessing the walking environment in the commercial area of Surabaya, Indonesia. The walkability score was extracted through survey providing information on current pedestrian environment of the city.

Abstract

In daily life, nearly all trips need some walking to reach a destination, either done directly or combined with other modes. For this reason, road authority has to provide a friendly environment for walking, especially in urban areas. The concept of walkability is widely used to assess how friendly an area for pedestrian. To make the concept more quantifiable, walkability is measure and indicated through rating that can be used as well to compare the condition of a city or region, and then help to identify areas or specific location for improvement. It is suggested that the provision of the pedestrian facility affects the overall quality and efficiency of urban transport network, and also the mobility and accessibility for residents. This paper applied the concept in assessing the walking environment in the commercial area of Surabaya, Indonesia. In the last decade, the local government has made some improvement on the urban environment and infrastructure, including providing a safe and convenience sidewalk. The walkability score was extracted through survey providing information on current pedestrian environment of the city. The score consisted of nine parameters at three street sections referred to simplified version of Global Walkability Index, which used by Clean Air Initiative for Asian Cities. The results showed that walkability score for Dharmawangsa street, Pemuda street, and Stasiun Gubeng street were 71.11, 82.22, and 62.2, respectively. The paper concluded that the area is walkable as the score higher than 70.0, but some improvement are needed, such as providing facilities for those with disability.

Keywords: pedestrian, Global Walkability Index, rating, assesment, Surabaya, commercial area

Publisher

Association for European Transport