Researchers Link Density, Destinations to Active Transportation Habits
The researchers looked at four factors—street connectivity, population density, residential density, and the number of nearby non-residential destinations—in relationship to Toronto residents’ walking habits. They found that the last three factors (population density, residential density, and walkable destinations) most strongly predicted walking activity. Street connectivity had a lower impact on transportation habits.
“Basically, if you live in a dense area, you are more likely to walk and bike often, and you’re even more likely to get physical activity if there are a lot of destinations close to your house,” Angie Schmitt writes.