How comfortable and safe a footpath or sidewalk is, determines it’s “Walkability”. Have you ever come across a street, which has broken sidewalks or footpaths, has no street lights, is too high to step on, has an open manhole – in simple words, it is unsafe and makes walking unpleasant?
Continuing with Clean Air Asia’s extensive work on Walkability across 23 Asian cities, a mobile app was developed to enable citizens to carry out walkability audits and convey the results to the authorities. The audit results are mapped from the GPS of the smart phone. Usage of mobile apps is becoming popular across the globe, largely due to the high growth of internet and smart phone penetration and people’s willingness to contribute to improving the system albeit in a small way. This is a first of its kind app in the world and the idea is to promote and communicate that safe walking is everyone’s right – irrespective of age, gender, education and background. Let’s Walk Taller!
Based on various feedback received on the initial version, a new version of the app has been developed, which was launched during the Integrated conference of the BAQ 2014 and 8th Regional EST Forum in Colombo, Sri Lanka
The new version of the android app is available at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ft.walkability&hl=en for iphone at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/walkability-app/id931191736?ls=1&mt=8 The windows app is under review by Microsoft and will be available soon. Do check for updates!
Download the easy to use guide to do the survey and the relevant forms! http://cleanairinitiative.org/portal/projects/WalkabilityAsian To view the audit results click on the image
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