Neighbourhood type and walkshed size Academic Article uri icon


  • Neighbourhood block pattern has been hypothesized to be a major factor in providing residents with the potential for walking. However, without an accurate tool to measure walksheds, this was not verifiable. Recent research, a portion of the EcoEUFORIA (Economic Evaluation of Urban Form to Increase Activity) project, provided techniques for accurately measuring walksheds, and allowed statistical analysis of a large data-set representing all the neighbourhoods in Calgary, Canada. This research demonstrates that walkshed size varies among neighbourhood types, with the grid block pattern being the most walkable, and the curvilinear pattern the least. Despite the growing body of knowledge regarding walkability, the prevailing practice is to continue to develop the less walkable curvilinear forms. This research has the potential to influence the development of planning policies that promote more walkable neighbourhood design, in that it illustrates clearly, and using a large data-set, the relationships between neighbourhood form and walkability.


  • Sandalack, BA
  • Alaniz Uribe, FG
  • Eshghzadeh Zanjani, A
  • Shiell, A
  • McCormack, GR
  • Doyle-Baker, PK

publication date

  • 2013