Pedestrian Navigation Aids, Spatial Knowledge and Walkability

Thursday Sep 29   03:30 PM to 05:30 PM (2 hours)
Spatial knowledge acquisitionPedestrian navigation aidsWalkable citiesWayfinding
This study attempts to demonstrate the impact of pedestrian navigation aids on spatial knowledge acquisition and its link to walkability in an urban environment. Spatial knowledge is important for pedestrian travel. Rich spatial knowledge contributes to a good mental image of the walking environment, which consequently increases travel confidence and potentially allows more active walking. While there are plenty of studies on walkability, little work has been done on how navigation aids influence walkability. Using a pilot wayfinding experiment, we examined the effect on users’ acquired spatial knowledge of two major pedestrian navigation aids used in London in comparison to direct experience of routes.
University of Greenwich

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