Accessibility and Environmental Quality

by V. Setty Pendakur,
G. R. Brown,

Serial Information: Journal of the Urban Planning and Development Division, 1969, Vol. 95, Issue 1, Pg. 43-60

Document Type: Journal Paper


A systems framework is developed which portrays the components of the conflict between environmental quality and accessibility. Elements which serve to measure pedestrian safety, comfort, convenience and visual sensation are compared with those measuring motor vehicle driver safety, convenience, penetration and visual harmony. A pilot study was made, and pedestrian interviews conducted in an attempt to analyze perceptual responses to the environment. Two conclusions emerged from the study: (1) That it is possible to measure the environmental quality-accessibility conflict by attitude survey; and (2) that people are more consciously aware of problems of accessibility than of those of environmental quality.

Subject Headings: Environmental issues | Pedestrians | Safety | Frames | Vehicles | Driver behavior | Quality control | Geomatic surveys

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