Watch and Learn: How Observation Can Enhance Understanding of Walkability and Bikability Around Transit Stations
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This paper examines the suitability of the environment for walking and biking around three of Atlanta’s busiest rail stations based on availability of physical infrastructure and observation of public life surrounding the stations. Infrastructure includes elements like sidewalks and on- and off-street bike facilities. The life within the public realm also influences how comfortable different people feel walking or biking, so the analysis will include observations on behavior such as types of activities, level of interaction between people, and how quickly people move through the area. The result will be a holistic view of how the public realm supports last mile connectivity for people who choose to walk or bike to access rail transit in Atlanta. The following literature review addresses several questions regarding first and last mile connectivity (FLMC) and how to assess life in the public realm.