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CASA Working Paper 212

Quantifying and Mapping Streetspace: a Geocomputational Method for the Citywide Analysis of Pedestrian and Vehicular Streetspace

Working Paper 212

19 September 2019

The purpose of this paper is to present a methodology for quantifying streetspace designation across entire cities. The new street level data is generated using a geocomputational approach that both allows for a quantitative citywide description of streetspace at a micro-scale and that can be replicated across multiple cities.  The high spatial resolution description of streetspace covering large urban areas can be valuable to city designers and urban planners in the context of current challenges of street congestion, promoting active travel and rapidly evolving mobility technologies.  It is observed that London streetspace is assigned mainly to vehicles and wider streets relate to the street network hierarchy and concentrate in the inner city. The new street level data introduced here can yield important insights for street research, planning and design.

Author/s: Nicolas Palominos, Duncan A. Smith

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