Does walking in the neighbourhood enhance local sociability?

du Toit, Lorinne, Cerin, Ester, Leslie, Evie and Owen, Neville 2007, Does walking in the neighbourhood enhance local sociability?, Urban Studies: an international journal for research in urban and regional studies, vol. 44, no. 9, pp. 1677-1695.

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Title Does walking in the neighbourhood enhance local sociability?
Author(s) du Toit, Lorinne
Cerin, Ester
Leslie, Evie
Owen, Neville
Journal name Urban Studies: an international journal for research in urban and regional studies
Volume number 44
Issue number 9
Start page 1677
End page 1695
Publisher Oliver & Boyd
Place of publication Edinburgh, Scotland
Publication date 2007-08
ISSN 0042-0980
1360-063X
Summary The walkability of urban neighbourhoods has emerged as a strong component in policy and design models for active, liveable communities. This paper examines the proposition that more walkable neighbourhoods encourage local social interaction, a sense of community, informal social control and social cohesion; and that the relationship is explained by walking for transport or for recreation. Multilevel analyses of data from an Australian sample showed a modest association between the walkability of a neighbourhood and sense of community only. Walking for transport, but not recreation, mediated this relationship although the effect was small. These results support contentions that 'walkability' is more complex than usually defined and that factors influencing neighbourhood sociability extend beyond issues of urban form.
Language eng
Field of Research 111712 Health Promotion
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2007, Oliver & Boyd
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30007216

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Health and Social Development
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