The “Global Walkability Index” developed by H. Krambeck for the World Bank provides a qualitative analysis of the walking conditions including safety, security, and convenience of the pedestrian environment. It consists of a field walkability survey to assess pedestrian infrastructure in four areas: commercial, residential, educational, and public transport terminals. The survey also identified pedestrian preferences, and analyzes government policies and institutional setup. The methodology is qualitative but because it encompasses several key parameters, it provides a good insight into the current state of the walkability environment and enables the identification of areas for improvement.
The field survey and pedestrian interviews resulted in a “walkability index” for each city which can be used to compare cities and subsequently help identify areas for improvement that are site-specific. The walkability survey can raise awareness and generate interest amongst policy makers and city officials and help them in improving the infrastructure.
The results show that walking is still a main mode of transport in our cities but the facilities are not adequately meeting the needs of the pedestrians. The reports in this page points to several important aspects of pedestrian facilities in Asia that need more attention such as the provision of facilities for the disabled and the provision of proper walking paths and pedestrian amenities.
Many Asian countries need to re-think how they are developing their transport systems and how they can move towards having complete streets.