Measuring the Quality of Public Open Space Using Google Earth

submitted by: Bronwen_Taylor
Background: Proximity to public open space, such as parks and other green spaces, has considerable health benef?ts, and people have been shown to be more likely to use such space for physical activity if it is of high quality. This paper describes a new remote-assessment approach that makes use of Google Earth Pro (the free version of this program is Google Earth) to provide rapid and inexpensive measurement of the quality of public open space. Purpose: The aim of the study was to...
Authors: Bronwen Taylor, Peter Fernando, Adrian Bauman, Anna Williamson, Jonathan Craig, Sally Redman

The Bikeability and Walkability Evaluation Table: Reliability and Application

submitted by: shoedl
Background: With increased research on the influence of the built environment on physical activity, methods of assessing environmental attributes have to be developed according to different research requirements. Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to describe the approach to develop and test a simple and eff?cient audit tool to get a quick overview of environmental characteristics along a route or in a neighborhood. Methods: Based on a selection of existing audit instruments, the...
Authors: Simon Hoedl, Sylvia Titze, Pekka Oja