Southwark Walking Demand Study

Identification of patterns for walking trends within the Southwark Borough to establish the areas and type of people with the highest propensity to walk.

PJA were appointed by LB Southwark to carry out analysis of existing walking demand patterns to establish the areas and type of people with the highest propensity to walk for further development of the Borough's walking strategy.

GIS software was used to map walking statistics from both the 2001 and 2011 Census' for the Southwark area at borough, ward and output area level. 2001 Census Journey to Work (JtW) data was plotted along with Origin / Destination (OD) walking trips from the LTDS (2010-2013), for education, shopping and leisure purposes.

PJA then presented this data in a logical sequence of maps which illustrated the data focusing on 7 key town centres within the borough.

The data was interpreted and analysis took into account numerous factors including major intersecting roads,

pedestrian crossings, road casualties, crime statistics, walking trips to railway stations, walking trips to schools and Pedestrian Environment Review (PERS) Audits.

Regression analysis was also explored to identify the correlations between walking propensity and varying socio-economic factors and locations of employment areas.  

The report which was delivered gave a broad indication of areas where LB Southwark could continue to invest to improve walking.   

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