Walkability as a Strategy towards Inclusive Communities: Case of a Portuguese Small Town

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Abstract

The United Nations has defined the inclusive community as “…promoting growth with equity, a place where everyone, regardless of their economic means, gender, race, ethnicity or religion, is enabled and empowered to fully participate in the social, economic and political opportunities that cities have to offer”. In this paper, the concept of walkability is viewed as an important tool towards the planning and future development of more inclusive communities. Walking is the cheapest and cleanest mode of travel available to all providing large benefits to both health and local economic development. To demonstrate the validity of this strategy a set of parameters, selected from existing research, were measure, compared and discussed in the existing and proposed scenarios of a Portuguese small town using GIS software.
Original languageUnknown
Pages (from-to)1136-1145
JournalInternational Journal of Civil Engineering and Technology
Volume7:8
Issue numberNA
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013

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