Document Type : Research Paper
PhD Student in Geography and Urban Planning, Faculty of Geography, University of Tehran
Associate Professor of geography and Urban Planning, Faculty of Geography, University of Tehran
MA in Regional Planning, Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran
Walking is one of the oldest forms of movement in urban areas. By walking, human beings can make relations with their surrounding environment and have social interactions. The walkability can result in social vivacity and merriment. The walkability of the cities and pedestrian satisfaction enable the citizens to improve their lifestyle and make better social interactions. This kind of urban structure is useful for municipality to gain more participation of the residents in decision making about the special requirements. The purpose of this present research is to investigate the influences of new ways of parquetry of the sidewalks on walkability of the citizens in Valiasr Street, Tehran, Iran.
This is a descriptive and analytical research. In this research, in field surveys we have used a questionnaire tool to have citizen’s views. The statistical population of the study is all the citizens having trips in the Valiasr Street of Tehran. Based on standard values defined in recent studies, sample size is determined 225 people. We have used SPSS to analyze the data.
Results and discussion
The results show that there is a significant relationship between development of public spaces and enhancement of the pedestrian satisfaction. The places for sitting in the streets have also a positive relationship with improvement of pedestrian satisfaction. The results of the improvement of pedestrian experiences are including development of public spaces, designing places for sitting, coexistence enhancement in streets, and encouragement of participatory processes.
The results of this study have indicated that there are relationships between the parquetry goals and pedestrian satisfaction and walkability in the cities. The results have also demonstrated that there are significant positive relationship between walkability and pedestrian good experiences in one hand and development of public spaces, designing places for sitting, coexistence enhancement in streets, and encouragement of participatory processes on the other hand.