This chapter introduces how the built environment and walking are connected. It looks at the interrelationships within the built environment, and how those are changing given planning and policy efforts to facilitate increased walking for both leisure activity and commuting. Using a broad review and case-based approach, the chapter examines this epistemological development of walking and the built environment over time, reviews the connections, policies and design strategies and emerging issues. The chapter shows many cases of cities which are creating a more walkable environment. It also reveals that emerging issues related to technology and autonomous vehicles, vision zero and car-free cities, and increased regional policy may play a continued role in shaping the built environment for walking. This dialogue provides both a core underpinning and a future vision for how the built environment can continue to influence and respond to pedestrians in shaping a more walkable world.
The authors would also like to thank research assistants, Leslie Brown, Robert Etter and Megyn Rugh, for their assistance in gathering data and helping develop the case studies for this manuscript.
Riggs, W. and Steiner, R.L. (2017), "The Built Environment and Walking", Walking (Transport and Sustainability, Vol. 9), Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 139-165. https://doi.org/10.1108/S2044-994120170000009010
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