Mindell, J. S., Jones, P., Vaughan, L., Haklay, M., Scholes, S., Anciaes, P., Dhanani A, Stockton J, Boniface S, Francis L, Groce N. (2017) Street Mobility Toolkit. UCL, London.
The Street Mobility Toolkit contains guidance on how to use six different tools to identify, measure, and start to solve the barriers that busy roads cause to pedestrians.
The tools are:
|Walking demand model||Where do pedestrians need to walk, within a city?|
|Street audits||What are the characteristics of the road infrastructure and environment that cause barriers to pedestrians?|
|Video surveys||Where and how pedestrians cross the road?|
|Household survey||How do people perceive road traffic in their local area and does it affect their health and wellbeing?|
|Participatory mapping||Where is the problem and how pedestrians avoid or mitigate it?|
|Valuation tool||What is the economic cost of barriers to walking and how does it affect walking behaviour? (See more detail in this page)|
The tools can be used by practitioners working for local governments or transport authorities, to diagnose the existing situation and how it is felt by the local population. Some tools can also be used to forecast the effect of improvements such as changes in the road design or measures to reduce traffic volumes or speeds.
Some tools are free and require little technical knowledge. So they can be used by stakeholders other than governments and companies working on their behalf. For example, they can be used by associations of pedestrians, or by community groups. They can even be used by members of the public. This is useful because it allows the people affected by the problem to analyse the problem and propose solutions by themselves, which then can then suggest to governments in consultations.
This paper describes how the tools were used in a busy road in North London. The paper also tringulates the results of the different tools.